Big Red, as we lovingly call him, seems to exemplify the modern meaning of classical beauty. Like the male nude statues in classical Greek art history, Red stands in a very slight contrapposto pose, the Italian term for standing in a counterpose. He stands with most of his weight on one foot, his shoulders twisting slightly off-axis from the hips and legs. In this stance, his figure has a more dynamic, yet relaxed appearance. His eyes gaze directly at the viewer, as if he knows he is a thing of beauty, and looks at us as though he wants to instigate a reaction.
I have seen the looks on the faces of the people when they come into the gallery. The women are immediately attracted to this silent figure. The men identify with this ideal of the masculine. Which boy growing up hasn't wanted to be a cowboy? He is a symbol of the men who conquered the American west. He is the Marlboro Man.
For more than 10 years, Dennis Manarchy has had the dream of building the WORLD'S LARGEST FUNCTIONING FILM CAMERA capable of producing images in microscopic detail not possible in the digital world. The camera takes 97,000 mega pixels, which is unheard of in the photography world. If you think about it, the highest resolution cameras today are 10, 20 to maybe 30 pixels. I recently read about a Chinese Institute of Optics who built a 100 megapixel camera. The defense industry built a 1.8 gigapixel camera that is photographing us somewhere out in space. That translates to 1800 megapixels (I think!) Far cry from 97,000 megapixels!
The camera will be on display at 2 N. Riverside Plaza until October 31. I would make the time to go see it. It is an extraordinary piece of machinery. On display are other portraits in addition to Yazzie. Each one captures the authenticity of the subject. I guarantee it will take your breath away.
And oh, I forgot to mention, Dennis created a video that is reminiscent of the Gunfight at OK Corral. When you walk into the gallery, you have cowboys shooting at you. Regardless of where you stand, they aim straight towards you. It is a mesmerizing show. Fun, incredulous and majestic. See for yourself. Dennis Manarchy hits another home run!