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Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Image: the artist.
Title:

Johnny

From the series "Fracking Fields"

Artist: Susie J. Lee (born 1972)
Date: 2013
Dimensions:
50 × 34 × 4 in. (127 × 109.2 × 10.2 cm)
Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds
Medium: High-definition video portrait
Credit Line: Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
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Label TextTo make her time-based portraits, Susie J. Lee asked her subject—a worker in the oil and natural gas “fracking” industry in her native North Dakota—to sit silently for her video camera for up to 30 minutes at a time. The image becomes an act of observation. This portrait draws attention to Johnny’s human physicality: breaths, scratches, small adjustments, smiles, and piercing blue eyes. The video can be uncomfortable, but once the awkwardness has passed, the image creates a powerful awareness of shared humanity.
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