James Welling, ‘Untitled’, 2017, The Kitchen

Courtesy of the Artist and David Zwirner.

James Welling’s Untitled photograph relates to his most recent series, Choreograph, which takes up his longtime interest in capturing dance, first sparked after seeing the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performance in 1970. To compose these images, Welling employs a digital technique comparable to the double exposure in analog photography. He superimposes three photographs of dance performances and architectural landscapes, originally shot in black and white, and progressively gives them color, manipulating and adjusting them in Photoshop. The resulting images layer bodies and spaces in a subtle symphony of ethereal color. –Courtesy of The Kitchen

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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