Gail Albert-Halaban, who lives and works in New York, began photographing when she was 6, when she made a camera for her first grade science fair. Her art explores the tension between public and private life, what is seen by all, and what is hidden. The series Out My Window is a collection of images taken through and into windows in New York City, a project that earned her international recognition in 2012 and which she continues with Vís a Vís Paris’ haunting exploration of that city’s windows, on view in November. In these Hitchcock-ian tableaus, she acknowledges unspoken voyeurism and exhibitionism, tells us to admit we all do it, and then pushes us to confront the hope, isolation and other emotions that lie behind the gaze.
Also on exhibit are works from Halaban’s Hopper Redux, in which the photographer reframes the architecture and environments immortalized by the painter Edward Hopper, who Halaban has long considered an artistic influence. She photographs the exact locations in Gloucester, Massachusetts where Hopper painted, imbuing these timeless forms with a mark of the contemporary, resulting in images in which the uncanny relationship between past and present is laid bare.