Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
David Orr, presenting “All That Is Solid Melts Into Air.”
For the past seven years, David Orr has been traveling to the sites of people’s deaths, and photographing the skies above. He will discuss this ongoing project, “All That Is Solid Melts Into Air,” and how the resulting images function both as portraits of absence and as abstract memorials to the individuals represented. He will also explore how tensions between the ephemeral and the timeless, the permanent and impermanent, the material and the immaterial create meaning, and how science indicates that these images may be more representational than you might think.
David Orr is a visual artist based in Los Angeles. His work has been shown in the US and internationally in shows juried by representatives from the International Center for Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Museum, The New York Times, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has been broadcast on Channel 4 Britain and PBS, and is in public collections among such artists as Ansel Adams, John Baldessari, Jim Dine, David Hockney and Edward Weston. David has also spoken at Death Salon, UCLA, Parsons/The New School, and the Directors Guild of America.