The Jack Dunne Archive, 2001-2002
For Robert Seydel
Sixty framed works including 35mm photographs, drawings, and mixed media works
Three 16mm films
One large trunk
What I Found in the Trunk, (solo thesis show)
Hampshire College Main Gallery
About: The Jack Dunne Archive is the culmination of more than one year's work while an undergraduate student at Hampshire College, where I was majoring in Film and Photography. During my junior year I took a leave of absence from school and found work in Paris, France where I lived for more than four months. This generative, inspiring, and deepening time was captured by myself through photography, filmmaking, drawing and writing. When I returned for my final thesis year I printed many of these negatives and turned my experiences from France into experimental films, photographs, and artwork. I created a narrative around this new work: I had found it all in a trunk in the basement of my Paris apartment. I brought the trunk back to Hampshire and spent an entire year printing the work, finally mounting the show in April 2002. I acted as the curator, the artist was an unknown man named Jack Dunne. Most of the people who attended the show thought it really was his work, it was such a surprising and liberating experience to make work under a different name, identity, age, and gender. This work would not have been possible without the strong guidance of my mentors: Kane Stewart, Bill Brand, and most poignantly Robert Seydel who shared a deep love of pseudonyms with me and passed away much too soon after I graduated, way too young. This work will forever be in his honor and memory.