Rosier Gallery is pleased to present our "Extraordinary Photographs V" exhibit from September 17 – November 10, 2015. The show offers collectors the opportunity to examine a rich, diverse selection of captivating images by a wide-range of leading contemporary photographers. Highlights of the exhibit include images within the following bodies of work:
Edward Burtynsky’s Shipbreaking documents the dismantling and recycling of large commercial ships on the shores of Bangladesh. The series continues Burtynsky’s life-long focus on global heavy industry and his practice of producing work that exists both across and between fine art and documentary photography. Some of the artist’s most poignant work, these visually captivating images ask us to ponder the costs, both human and environmental, of breaking down these ships in a country with few safeguards for either.
Lalla Essaydi’s Bullets Revisited is the culmination of a complex performance-art process spanning painting, calligraphy, design and photography. This work continues the artist’s practice of deploying henna ink, traditionally used to create elaborate patterns on a woman’s skin for special occasions like weddings, to write calligraphy over the female protagonist’s exposed skin and clothing. In this series, the artist builds upon that practice by creating seductive, shimmering gold patterns on the surrounding furniture and wall. Upon closer inspection, the viewer sees these patterns have been created with bullet casings, commenting on the violence woman endure in certain Islamic countries.
Doug Rickard’s A New American Picture controversially offers a current perspective on American street photography. Perhaps some of the most talked about photography of the current millennium, the artist has appropriated these images of economically disadvantaged neighborhoods from Google Street View. Rickard photographs the images on his computer screen to reinvent William Eggleston’s concept of “photographing democratically” with this collision of contemporary technology and bleak, forgotten neighborhoods.
Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Theater images portray the richly decorated interiors of iconic movie palaces built during the 1920s and 1930s. These works are solely lit by the shining screen captured via the camera’s aperture remaining open as the entire film played. The film’s range of colors combine into white light. Conceptually captivating, these artistically important images emotionally and intellectually engage the viewer on topics spanning from the passage of these grand theaters to reality within photography.
The gallery is always eager to share further information with collectors about both the above and additionally featured work by Renate Aller, Nan Goldin, Loretta Lux, Florian Maier-Aichen, Marilyn Minter and Alec Soth and exceptional images within the following series from the gallery’s artists:
Chris Faust’ Nocturnes depict a sometimes hidden and often disappearing traditional Midwestern landscape with his unique night photographs. Captured with only ambient light, these panoramic images beautifully illuminate subtle tone gradations and textures. The quiet rural farm cooperatives, icebound industrial shipping, eerie empty streets and aging manufacturing plants of “Nocturnes” uniquely portray quintessential Americana, perhaps for the last time.
Murat Germen's Facsimile, along with the artist’s prior series, Muta-morphosis, focuses on the perpetual transformation of urban environments. Cities may seem to grow only upwards, but they actually accommodate two different worlds: Überland, the city rising above ground level and Unterland, the underground. Facsimile is obtained by selecting a single horizontal line, very close to the horizon, which happens to be the threshold between Überland-Unterland and extending this line downward. The visual result of this extension, composed of thousands of thin and thick vertical lines in a myriad of colors, references the various chronology-layers incorporated within a city’s history.
Gerhard Mantz’s painterly work arises not from a specific location or the artist’s memory but rather from his imagination. These verdant landscapes, which are devoid of human or animal life, are constructed based upon specific archetypes of evoke feelings and moods. Mantz’s work is digital art imaged within the artist’s mind and realized via computer programs. These works have roots within the Romantic tradition of Caspar David Friedrich, Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church but are realized with 21st century tools. By exploring and embracing today’s technology, the artist brings the Romantic tradition into contemporary times.
Caleb Cain Marcus’ Portrait of Ice moves from documentation to artistic creation by capturing images without the reference point of a visible horizon. The artist personalizes our connection to these magnificent glaciers by capturing vertical, portrait-like images instead of a traditional horizontal framing of the work. By emphasizing “instinctual color” within the work, instead the sea of white glacier archetype, these works bypass our brain’s filtering mechanism and communicate directly with our soul.
Michael Schnabel's Stille Berge, or “Silent Mountains” in German, represents a fulfillment of the artist’s quest to push photography toward painting and finding heavier, darker tones more intriguing, ultimately toward the pursuit of investigating photography without light. These efforts reached fruition within the mountains as the artist captured the tranquility and feeling of raw creation and aloofness that the Alps of today lack during the day.
Sophie von Herzogenberg & Ralph Schulz’s Theaters depicts the fly system and fly gallery within a number of theaters across Germany and the New York City Opera. Simplistically, the series alludes to the concept magically illustrated for most young children here in the United States by the "Wizard of Oz" that one should ignore the claim to "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." Ms. von Herzogenberg and Mr. Schulz not only illuminate the area "behind the curtain" but provide a meditation on technical change.
JeongMee Yoon's The Pink and Blue Project depicts young children in their rooms surrounded by their clothing, toys and accessories. For the girls, these rooms and objects are uniformly pink, while for the boys, blue. While the answers to whether these color choices are innate preferences or cultural influences remain ambiguous, the material abundance of our society and a parent’s love for their child pervade the series.
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