Rosier Gallery is pleased to present the 48 large-scale color photographs in Caleb Cain Marcus' Goddess from March 17 - June 7, 2016. These images, which continue the artist's exploration of the physicality of space within our world, were captured along the fifteen hundred miles of the Ganges River in India during 2013 and 2014. Damiani published a book on the series, including an essay by Richard Ford, in September 2015. This exhibition marks the second time Rosier Gallery has shown the artist's work, following our 2013 presentation of A Portrait of Ice.
The Ganges River flows south and east from the western Himalayas across northern India before ultimately emptying from Bangladesh into the Bay of Bengal. Based on average discharge, the Ganges is the world’s third largest river. In addition to being economically and historically important, the river, known locally as Ganga, is sacred to Hindus and an incarnation of the goddess Ganga. For Hindus, waters of the Ganga are both pure and purifying. As Ganga has descended from heaven, ashes of the deceased are immersed in the river water liberating them from Samsara, the Hindu continuous cycle of life, death and reincarnation, to enable their ascension into heaven.
Our belief in the river’s sacred nature can initiate and enhance the feeling of space around the river. As the artist states, “her essence and that of the people lured to her banks have mixed to form a type of space that is visceral, almost visible to the naked eye.” Space has meaning as the separation between and connection across myriad combinations of people, animals, plants, structures, water and earth. Each image’s title references the work being composed of a unique composite of these elements and their surrounding space. Cain Marcus succeeds in building a body of work that captures those fleeting shimmers of time when space is not an absence, but a manifest physical presence.
Caleb Cain Marcus has developed a unique color lexicon and tonal quality within Goddess through in his words a “deliberate, technical and intuitive exploration.” The artist often created twenty or more prints of a single image during which he continually subdued his usage of color. Many of the works are nearly obscured by the minimal contrast and color resulting in atmospheric, moving toward abstract, images. Like ambiguity within a film or novel, this subtle color creates in us an almost magnetic drawing into or immersion within these works. Cain Marcus’ unique color and contrast vision guides us to both see and feel those ephemeral moments when space is captured in all its mystery, power, and majesty surrounding this noble, sacred, national icon of India, Ganga.
Caleb Cain Marcus's work defines and describes the physicality of space among living things by using color and contrast to construct space that can be felt, experienced and observed. The artist’s work is currently held in the permanent collections of nearly 20 museums throughout the United States, including the J.Paul Getty Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA and George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. In addition to the recently published monograph Goddess (2015), Damiani published both the artist’s A Portrait of Ice (2012) which includes an essay by Marvin Heiferman and The Silent Aftermath of Space (2010), which includes an essay by Robert Frank. This later monograph was honored with the Lucie/IPA Book Award. Caleb Cain Marcus was born in Colorado, received an MFA in writing from Columbia University, and currently lives and works in New York City.
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