Divinatory Chess, Graham Cassano, Photography ’23


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    Two chess boards, dimensions 40 inches x 10 inches and 20 inches x 20 inches. Two instruction boards, 8×10 each. 16 glass “chess pieces”: 8 pieces are 5 inches x 7 inches; 8 pieces are 4 inches x 6 inches.

    Chess boards: cyanotype on wood. Instruction boards: cyanotype on wood. Chess pieces: cyanotype on glass.

    This is a divinatory chess set, similar to a three dimensional Tarot deck. The pieces are based upon photographs of well-known Tarot readers, taken by the artist in 2022. The rules to the “game” were channeled by the artist, and allow a sensitive player to use the set to divine Tarot like insights.

    Item is located in Pontiac, MI. Local pickup available. Domestic shipping is available for an additional fee. Contact aweisbrod@cranbrook.edu for a custom shipping quote. Delivery within the state of Michigan for an addition $500 fee.

    Graham Cassano is a photographer, printer, poet, and scholar. He works with historical methods, like cyanotype, to create alternative structures of feeling and imaginatively contested praxis fields. He has developed a system of artistic ethics that rejects contemporary digital forms, concentrating, instead, upon analog experiences that defy electronic reproduction. Most of his images, prints, and artifacts are based on narrative, dreamwork, and imperfect memories of cinematic montage.