James Welling, ‘Glass House May, 2008’, 2010, Maharam
James Welling, ‘Glass House May, 2008’, 2010, Maharam

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

JAMES WELLING - Metamorph, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Wien
James Welling: Chronology, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
Highlights from the Architecture + Design Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
JAMES WELLING: MONOGRAPH, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles