Frank Jump

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Gender MALE
Industry Arts
Occupation Teacher/Gallery Owner
Location Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Introduction Fading Ad Campaign is a photographic project documenting vintage mural ads on building brickfaces in New York City spanning nearly a century. It has become a metaphor for survival for me since, like myself, many of these ads have long outlived their expected life span. Although this project doesn't deal directly with HIV/AIDS, it is no accident I've chosen to document such a transitory and evanescent subject. Of the hundreds of ads I've photographed, many have already been covered up, vandalized, or destroyed. But still many silently cling to the walls of buildings, barely noticed by the rushing passersby. In 1986, when I was diagnosed HIV positive since 1984, I was immediately thrust into a midlife crisis. At age twenty-six, with possibly four more years to live according to the experts, fifteen would have been midlife. Being told my life expectancy would surely be foreshortened caused the curvature of space-time around me to get more curved. My angular momentum increased relative to the decrease of my radius. I started to spin faster as I pulled my arms in towards my center, my speed increasing towards infinity- I approached the speed of life.
Interests Music, photography, curating
Favorite Movies Delores Claiborne
Favorite Music Joni Mitchell, Brian Eno, Samuel Barber, Billie Holiday
Favorite Books E=mc2, Poetry

When you open your eyes underwater, do you ever worry that you'll drown?

Where were you when you first saw a fading ad?