KLOMPCHING GALLERY is delighted to present the international debut of Max de Esteban: Heads Will Roll.
The exhibition opens with an Artist Reception on Saturday, September 12, 6pm–8pm.
Heads Will Roll is the fourth and final installment of de Esteban’s challenging and provocative Propositions series—a long term and rigorous investigation of society’s embracement of technologies, in particular, the dawn of the bio-cybernetic era.
To construct the artworks in Heads Will Roll, de Esteban has mined a mass media that generates an incessant stream of imagery of war, violence, and disasters 24/7 into our homes, offices, public and private spaces. De Esteban merges and juxtaposes images, texts and found objects, to produce photomontages that present a cacophony of information that is at once dense with information yet visually legible.
The resulting artworks are stunningly rich, visually beautiful constructions, that at the same time reveal a world where violence, imagined or real, is always looming. The intention of the artist, is for the viewer to be left almost totally out of balance, in a state of anxiety and unease.
“Our world is increasingly filled with imagery from the internet, advertising, movies, social media, selfies, smartphone cameras, surveillance, propaganda, media, art, books, magazines ... It causes us to question our own sense of what is real, what is imagined, what is fiction, what is a lie ... So, what better medium than photography (or cinema or the internet itself) to explore this archaeology of images?”.—Max de Esteban
The exhibition will feature eight large-scale, lushly colored photographs, carefully curated from the larger body of work, consisting of twenty-four photographs. This will be the second solo exhibition at the Klompching Gallery by Max de Esteban, and follows the preview of the artworks at the prestigious AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Photography Show in April 2015.
Accompanying the exhibition will be the monograph Heads Will Roll (Hatje Cantz, 2015), containing insightful essays by the esteemed curator Carles Guerra and author Bill Kouwenhoven. Additionally, de Esteban’s new monograph, Propositions (La Fabrica)—which charts the entire four parts of the series—will also be launched during the exhibition, prior to its official release in October 2015.
Max de Esteban (b. 1959) is a Fulbright Alumni, who holds a PhD from the Universitat Ramon Llull in Catalunya and a Masters from Stanford university. His work has been featured at the Deutsches Technikmuseum (Berlin), Rencontres Internationales at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, among others. He is the recipient of the National Award of Professional Photography in Spain and the Jury's Special Award in Fotofestiwal, Poland. His artworks are held in several notable collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museu de Arte Modena do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; and Deutsches Technikmuseum. De Esteban's work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide, and featured widely in the press and media. His monograph Heads will Roll, was recently selected as a photo-book of the year by LensCulture. Max de Esteban lives and works in Barcelona, Spain, and is represented in the United States by Klompching Gallery.
Klompching Gallery was established 2007, and specializes in the sale and exhibition of contemporary fine art photography. The gallery represents an international roster of established artists, whose work can be found in several notable public and private collections. Located in Dumbo (Brooklyn, New York) the gallery showcases photography that demonstrates creative integrity and intent, originality, narrative and aesthetic challenges, and the highest level of craftsmanship. Klompching Gallery is a member of AIPAD since 2012, and exhibits each year at the New York Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory. In addition to its exhibitions schedule, the gallery provides detailed, bespoke acquisition services to collectors of contemporary photographs.
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