Jeff Wall (1946- )

After ‘Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue 1999–2000
Transparency in lightbox 1740 x 2505 mm


7 thoughts on “Jeff Wall (1946- )

  1. It seems as though there is far too much going on in this picture and then to place it between Gursky’s 99 cent photo and Couturier’s Toyota photo is far too much for the eye to handle at once. Focusing on this photo alone though, I was not entirely sure what to think of it at first. Usually when looking at a photo or any piece of art I can get a basic idea going in my head at the start, but not so much with this particular image. The caption/title was not much help either. In fact I think it confuses me more. There is something unsettling and chaotic about the image that blocks me from fully analyzing it thus leaving me with a ‘bad taste in my mouth.’

  2. There is a lot to look at in this image. Its a little overwhelming to look at. At first I look at the man and wonder what he is doing. I find the lightbulbs intriguing. Their is a connection between them with all the wires, yet not all of them are turned on.

  3. I find this image very interesting, and again i think the title works well with this image. It makes us think, “invisible man” sitting in the corner, with tons of light bulbs. It makes me think that the artist is trying to say no matter how he/she acts, they always feel unseen. Although compared to the image, I would love to see this in the light box.

  4. I believe this man feels trapped and he can’t find away out. I think this image is very strong at showing how he feels by giving us a look at his room. His belongings taking over his room are a metaphor for life moving on with out him like he’s invisible.

  5. I find this image kind of unsettling to look at. The mass of light bulbs reminds me of someone who has a compulsion to hoard things. I think the person gets lost in the clutter of this image, hence being an invisible man in some ways. No matter how much light is being emitted, it still hard to find the person among all the material debris.

  6. Is this photo supposed to be a social commentary? Besides the light bulbs there does not to be many modern conveniences. The dishes are piled in the sink, old styled furniture etc. I am not sure I understand the photo. But, I like it, it is a mystery to make a story of.

  7. It’s based of a novel, “Invisible Man” By Ralph Ellison. If you read the prologue to the book this piece makes more sense and is really rather incredible.

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