Until the early 1970s, Janet worked most of her adult life at a corner store in a rural Pennsylvania town. As each new Matchbox toy reached the store, Janet purchased it for her growing collection. “They might be worth something someday”, she would say. When I grew up and moved away, she proudly gave me the collection of over 100 toys, coupled with a wood display case hand-crafted by her husband George. Janet (1917-) and George (1915-2016) are my grandparents.
The Carface project is a series of photographs of the “faces” of these toy Matchbox cars from the mid-1960s to early 1970s. I chose a head-on view of the toys to portray the strongest, most unique part of any subject, the face. The use of square composition, shallow focus, saturated colors and a rich black background together contribute the strong portrayal. The toys are nearly as old as I am, and they too bear the scratches, chips, and accumulated imperfections from life’s wear and tear.
The first edition of the project – “Carface 2017” – features 16 signed and numbered pieces, each limited to 15 prints. The 16 x 16-inch image is printed on archival fine art lustre paper. For a classic presentation , I suggest a black 24 x 24 inch metal frame with a white matte. Select Fine Art prints from this edition can be purchased at Saatchi Art or licensed for publication through Arcangel Images. The project is also open to exhibition opportunities with art fairs and galleries.