Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by New York artist, Carolyn Marks Blackwood; the artist's second solo show with the gallery.
In The Story Series, Blackwood’s background in cinema heavily informs the photographs that are suggestive of film stills and are evocative of a greater story line. She starts with a scene, a specific time and place that seize her attention because of its intriguing ambiguity. Often these places are country roads and old houses near where she lives in upstate New York. The large-scale photographs are captioned with a line of script that provokes the viewer to complete the story that Blackwood initiates. The photographs are taken from the point of view of the spectator, who then becomes the protagonist of the ‘story’.
The images suggest an active choice, an action to be taken in relation to a future that is unknown. Some of the images imply crossroads; indeed, many are actual intersections. In that sense, they represent a pivotal moment in which the viewer is confronted with the choice of moving forward or turning back, when you gather strength or loose all hope. They epitomize highly emotional moments that are relatable to the viewer, when all of a sudden they realize that a choice must be made in the trajectory of an individual life.
A screenwriter and producer, Blackwood is a principal partner of Magnolia Mae Films. Among the films produced by Magnolia Mae are The Duchess (2008), The Invisible Woman (2013) and Philomena (2013). Blackwood began exhibiting her photography in the last ten years and has exhibited in the U.S. and Europe.
For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at (310) 559-5700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.