Reis Studios is pleased to present its first online exclusive exhibition on Artsy.Net. A group of photographs have been selected from the Juvenal Reis collection which, in one way or another, depict various liminal spaces. Each artist frames their subject in a moment of heightened tension. These images urge the viewer to suspend themselves in contemplation of a context that more often than not exists beyond the frame of frozen time.
The work in this show is aural in a sense; not musical, but tonal rather. They resonate like the filmic soundscapes used to create a sense of tension/anticipation leading towards a potentially climactic scenario. Or, in another way, one can think of them as intentional silent pauses, designed to last purposefully long enough to perturb the senses. We can think of these images as visual pauses in this context. Sometimes the photographic pause is filled with a palpable intensity, (ie. the moment of reflection portrayed in an unspoken dialogue between the couple in Malerie Marder’s photograph), while in other instances the pause is much more subtle and gentle (such as how our attention is held by the silently penetrating gaze of David Hilliard’s subject in "Christian"), or even at times rejuvenating and carefree (as is the case in Nick Waplington’s photograph of an anonymous figure simply titled "Figure on a Beach").
These pictures thrive in the liminal space between the real and the imagined, the intimate and the performative, the staged and the documentary; they hover in between a space that is deeply personal and yet simultaneously detached.
The viewer is invited to take a journey through these works into the minds, places, and/or feelings delicately designed by the artists in this exhibition. The pieces in "Liminal Spaces" confront the viewer to challenge their relationship to their perception ("Divide" by Katsuhiro Saiki, "Desierto" by Patrick Hamilton), identity ("La Loteria" by Luis Gonzalez Palma), mortality ("Untitled" by Kiki Smith, "Untitled" by Seiichi Furuya), and the power of empathy ("Christian" by David Hilliard, "Man In Hall" by Duane Michals, and "Untitled" by Malerie Marder).