Angle of Draw

  • Dates
    2019 - 2024
  • Author
  • Locations United States, Wyoming

Angle of Draw examines the relationship between photography and visual propaganda by investigating the fossil fuel industry's use and misuse of the medium.

Through the lenses of the natural landscape and propaganda imagery, Angle of Draw scrutinizes the intersections of power, sustainability, and whiteness in the United States. In this series, I draw from American publicity campaigns and photographic textbooks to create starkly lit black-and-white photographs and multiple exposure in-camera collages in the studio and the physical landscape. Throughout my process, I consider the impact of the fossil fuel industry on the natural environment, local economy, and future prospects of those left behind by corporations. The resulting series of images considers how framing the imagery impacts the national imagination—upholding social, political, and economic control systems. The simplicity of the photographic frame and its ability to crop, mimic, and repeat itself becomes an omnipresent weapon to censor nonbelievers and advertise a capitalist and androcentric ideology.

© Shawn Bush - Framing the Negative, 2022, 11x14 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Framing the Negative, 2022, 11x14 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Sublimated Notation, 2020, 14x11 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Sublimated Notation, 2020, 14x11 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Razed Landscape, 2022, 24x19 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Razed Landscape, 2022, 24x19 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - After O'Sullivan, 2021, 14x11 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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After O'Sullivan, 2021, 14x11 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Litmus Tests no.1 & no.2, 2021, 10x8 inches, Silver Gelatin Prints in artist made Walnut Frames
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Litmus Tests no.1 & no.2, 2021, 10x8 inches, Silver Gelatin Prints in artist made Walnut Frames

© Shawn Bush - Past (Present), 2021, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Past (Present), 2021, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Groundless Structure, 2021, 40x32 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Groundless Structure, 2021, 40x32 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Loss (Shift), 2021, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Loss (Shift), 2021, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Shadows of Industry, 2022, 20x16 inches each, Silver Gelatin Prints in artist made Walnut Frames
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Shadows of Industry, 2022, 20x16 inches each, Silver Gelatin Prints in artist made Walnut Frames

© Shawn Bush - After Ansel no.2, 2021, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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After Ansel no.2, 2021, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Family of Man, 2023, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Family of Man, 2023, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Tillerson's Rolodex (Boiler Room), 2023, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Tillerson's Rolodex (Boiler Room), 2023, 30x24 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Hands of Industry, 2022, 20x16 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Hands of Industry, 2022, 20x16 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery.  September 1st to October 24th, 2023.
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Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery. September 1st to October 24th, 2023.

© Shawn Bush - Pledge (Allegiance), 2023, 24x19 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Pledge (Allegiance), 2023, 24x19 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery.  September 1st to October 24th, 2023.
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Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery. September 1st to October 24th, 2023.

© Shawn Bush - Bernay's Handkerchief, 2023, 24x19 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame
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Bernay's Handkerchief, 2023, 24x19 inches, Silver Gelatin Print in artist made Walnut Frame

© Shawn Bush - Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery.  September 1st to October 24th, 2023.
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Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery. September 1st to October 24th, 2023.

© Shawn Bush - Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery.  September 1st to October 24th, 2023.
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Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery. September 1st to October 24th, 2023.

© Shawn Bush - Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery.  September 1st to October 24th, 2023.
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Angle of Draw @ Candela Gallery. September 1st to October 24th, 2023.