Glass House May, 2008
Glass House May, 2008

In his architectural views of Philip Johnson's Glass House, photographer James Welling transforms this iconic subject matter into mutable and transcendent form. Over the course of three years (2006-9), the Glass House served as the laboratory for Welling's photographic experiments in color, transparency, and reflectivity. Approaching the Glass House as a "lens in the Connecticut landscape," Welling manipulates light and the information it carries with it by placing a variety of colored filters over his camera to create unexpectedly saturated images. At once abstract and representational, Glass House May, 2008 alters our perception of a landmark architectural work.

About James Welling

James Welling has consistently pushed the limits of documentary and abstract photography, reinventing the medium in the process. Experimenting with materials such as draperies, pastry dough, and window screens, Welling’s abstract works play with dimension and color to engage the physiological capabilities of the human eye. To create his photograms, Welling dispenses with the camera altogether, using light and color filters to imprint images directly on to the film, as he did for the chromatically brilliant series Flowers (2004-2011).

American, b. 1951, Hartford, Connecticut, based in New York, New York; Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

2013
JAMES WELLING: MONOGRAPH, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
LUX: The Radiant Sea, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
2015
Highlights from the Architecture + Design Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco