In 1891 everyone's art.com poster fav, Claude Monet exhibited fifteen paintings of haystacks. Friend and critic Camille Pissarro wrote that the paintings “breathed contentedly,” the interchangeable and repetitious nature of the paintings, their sameness in difference.
Kantor’s lens flare series updates this idea. Each work in the group depicts the same view, as Monets haystacks did. Yet rather than recording the view at various times of the day and year, Kantor’s paintings are based on variously exposed photographs of the scene. His works convert one medium’s incidental marks into another’s intentional gestures.
In 2009 this was innovative. In 2013 it looks a little instagrammed. But still, hastag pretty.