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Bhatnagar_April_17_2005

Ranjit Bhatnagar

Title & Date: Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, April 17, 2005 (2005)
Material: Photo print
Dimensions: 36" x 24"

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"Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, April 17, 2005" by Ranjit Bhatnagar

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Ranjit Bhatnagar buys most of his groceries at city greenmarkets, most often the market at Grand Army Plaza next to Brooklyn’s Central Library. For over a decade, Bhatnagar has been using desktop scanners to make still lifes of his greenmarket goodies - the series now contains almost 700 images.

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Description: Ranjit Bhatnagar buys most of his groceries at city greenmarkets, most often the market at Grand Army Plaza next to Brooklyn’s Central Library. For over a decade, Bhatnagar has been using desktop scanners to make still lifes of his greenmarket goodies – the series now contains almost 700 images.

In scanography, objects are placed directly on a flatbed scanner to create digital images with fine detail, intense colors, a limited depth of field and an unusual perspective that is distinct from any form of lens photography or natural vision. These prints, with a number of others from the series, were exhibited at the Brooklyn Central Public Library’s (Un) Still Life photo exhibit in 2011. The produce scans have appeared in a number of publications including Utne Reader and Edible Brooklyn.

Artist Biography:Ranjit Bhatnagar is a sound artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He makes music machines, sound environments, and interactive works with sound, touch, and language. In the ongoing Instrument-a-day project, each year in February he makes a new handmade musical instrument every day of the month. Recent exhibitions include Still Space, a multisensory installation for the Asian American Arts Alliance Festival in NYC (2012), Voice Extruder at Artbots 2011 in Gent, Belgium, and a residency at Albuquerque Open Space for the ISEA 2012 arts conference. His photography has been exhibited at the central Brooklyn Public Library and in the New York subway as part of MTA’s Arts for Transit program. He earned a BA from U.C. Berkeley, an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, and was certified Carnie Trash by the Coney Island Sideshow School. Bhatnagar has worked on a number of Flux Factory projects: Fluxbox, a massive collaborative sound sculpture; Pavilion of the City of BudapestNewYork in Hungary; Response to Tatlin’s Monument; Everything Must Go; and a performance with burning flutes at the Self-Destructing Art Show.