Polaroids. They’re around for a while, then it seems like they’re gone again, maybe. But who doesn’t love them?
An upcoming show is set to feature a small instant-shot arsenal of the three-by-four-inch photographs. Twenties: Decade in Polaroid, 1999-2008 is the newest old collection of works by Asheville photographer Erin Fussell — spanning a 10-year gap between when she first purchased a Polaroid instant camera and when the film met its financial demise.
Fussell has dug through abstract hip shots, landscapes and faces from New York to Los Angeles to Asheville. This show won’t have high-res, refined and framed works … Many of the photos spent months in backpacks and suitcases, glove compartments and floorboards. Some are coffee stained, others scratched and covered in phone numbers and addresses — true documents of time and travel.
Twenties: Decade in Polaroid, 1999-2008 opens Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7-9 p.m. The Artery is located at 346 Depot St.
— Kyle Sherard is an Asheville printmaker, painter and writer for the arts.