Paul Ramírez Jonas

Album 50 State Summits

2002

Album 50 State Summits (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Album 50 State Summits; detail (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Album 50 State Summits; detail (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Album 50 State Summits; detail (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Album 50 State Summits; detail (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Album 50 State Summits; detail (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Album 50 State Summits; detail (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Album 50 State Summits; detail (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Album 50 State Summits; detail (2002)
C-prints on silkscreen; Edition of 3 with 1 AP
24h x 19.5w in (60.96h x 49.53w cm)

Description

Paul Ramírez Jonas hikes, climbs, and drives to the highest points in each state of the United States. Upon reaching the top he captured a self portrait of himself, waving a hand made flag that reads: "OPEN". The photographs acknowledge in equal measure, the photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon, Sir Edmund Hillary on Mount Everest, and The Wonderer by Kaspar Friedrich. As in most of his works, Ramírez Jonas' actions are not a "first," there is no originality, no "progress", no possession or discovery. Rather, Ramírez Jonas chooses to follow in other's footsteps. Within each expedition a certain amount of optimism and earnestness inevitably seeps in; and with it comes a vestige of heroism. Still, the act remains one of reading a pre–existing text rather than writing a new one.