Allen Frame, Giuseppe, 2018
Gelatin silver prints, 50 1/2 x 185 1/2 in. (128.3 x 471.2 cm)
Installation of 48 framed photographs: 2 chromogenic prints 14 x 17 1/2, 6 pigment prints 10 3/4 x 8 1/2, and 40 vernacular images
Giuseppe is a salon-style grouping of 40 small snapshots, in color and black and white, from the 1960’s of a handsome Italian youth named Giuseppe, who is pictured on the beach, in the sea, in boats and on land. In this constellation of found images, Frame intersperses 8 of his own color photographs of a young man and woman that he was traveling with in similar locations, creating a link between the present and the past and animating the appropriated archive with his own seductive images. The artist counts two films as particular inspiration, Rene Clement’s 1960 film Plein Soleil, (released as Purple Noon in English), with Alain Delon, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Godard’s Le Mepris (Contempt), shot at Villa Malaparte on Capri, with Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Fritz Lang, and Jack Palance, a French film set in Southern Italy in the same period (1962) and based on an Alberto Moravia novel.