January 11, 2013
Jan Groover, the American modernist photographer, died recently.
Jan Groover, still life, abstract
Groover was noted for her dramatic still-life photographs of objects in her kitchen sink. Her table-top still-lifes of kitchen utensils, or her displays of colored pots and bottles that refer back to Paul Strand's Cubist-inspired abstractions or László Moholy-Nagy's experiments at the Bauhaus.
For her "form is everything" and these photographs explore the spatial ambiguities possible with a view camera. According to Groover, the meaning of the objects is of no importance; only the shape, texture, and form that falls into a particular space is important.
Even when venturing outdoors, as she did in the late '70s, photographing suburban homes and streets, or storefronts around New York City, she emphasized the spaces between things more than the things themselves.
Jan Groover, untitled, suburbia,
These are precise yet richly colored triptychs of suburban New Jersey lawns and clapboard houses.