COLLECTION | Chronicles of Como
This piece was conceptualized as a graphic, layered glass façade that changes based on your point of view. Artist Adam Neese’s other photographic projects have involved looking at and through translucent or transparent materials to find new images that naturally happen through the printed page, for instance. Working on this piece for the Como community, Neese wanted to provide a metaphor for the experience of being part of a community or being outside it; that the way you see your peers and relationships differs depending on where you are standing.
Prominently, the front (recto) layer of graphic film is a collage of figures and buildings in purple. The figures are illustrated from captured silhouettes of the community members themselves performing activities. These have been arranged to represent movement forward, a concept found in conversations with community members and celebrated in the annual Como Day on 4 July. Photographs of buildings from several collections and archives comprise the foundation for the buildings layer which is rendered in gold, a reflection on spaces that are important to the community to date.