Press Release, “Notes toward a Supreme Fiction”:
Borrowing the title of American poet Wallace Stevens’ 1942 poem, "Notes toward a Supreme Fiction," this exhibition features a selection of images simultaneously romantic in their lush photographic use of color and light, and conceptually absorbing in their evocative depiction of an artist’s creative process. These scenes from Neff’s residency at The MacDowell Art Colony – a selection of landscape imagery and domestic interiors – bear only faint traces of the digital manipulation used to create them and collectively describe the small epiphanic moments of recognition when an artist is immediately inspired by an image or idea. The artist has chosen to present these large-format digital prints alongside three text panels – the subtitles from Stevens’ poem. These isolated texts serve as a set of informal captions for the entire exhibition and describe an ideal set of conditions for the product of a creative process.