20×200 can be hit or miss for me. On one hand, it makes works by master artists like the Starn twins or Roger Ballen available to middle class collectors, and it also spreads the word about up and coming photographers like Todd Hido and Eirik Johnson. But it can often dive deep into the twee abyss, cranking out overly cute editions. I don’t fault them for it (hey, we’ve all got to make a living somehow), but I like 20×200 best when it takes risks and puts out thoughtful work from relatively unknown artists. And if that thoughtful work is aesthetically interesting, well then super extra bonus points.
Long story short, I like recently published Jenny Odell’s work a lot. Thank you, 20×200. You get a gold star from me.
Odell’s composite images created from satellite views feature industrial buildings, pools, grain silos, and boats. Voyeurism coupled with a smidgen of melancholy, finished by a dash of slick techno remove, makes for a fine series of work.
195 Yachts, Cargo Lines, Tankers, and Other Ships is available for purchase at 20×200 HERE.
I really hope the pools are up for grabs next…