How could I undestand why these born to be leaders create a public display of themselves and their family loathing in inaccessible happiness and luxury until I tampered with the original official portraits that rigorously combine the imperatives related to the depiction of a head of state and his attributes, the smiles of family photo, the salute to the public associated to decorations, clothing, hairstyles and makeup, orchestrated and rendered with clarity and vivid colors by the photographer illustrating the difficulty of embodying an institution, providing a controled vision to the otherwise corosive mediatic realm?
Participating Artists: George Benson / François Delfosse / Jean Paul Gomez Christopher Jonassen / Robert Kamand / Klaus Pichler / Barry Rosenthal Wendy Van Santen / Stephan Tillmans
Dates: December 6 - 30, 2012
Location: United Photo Industries HQ | 111 Front Street, Suite 204
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6, 6 - 9pm FREE. No RSVP required.
Anew features nine photographers who unearth beauty in the seemingly irrelevant, everyday objects that most people disregard, revealing that unnoticed and banal items can sometimes be quite magical.
By concentrating more on light, color, form and texture, rather than on the item itself, the photographers in the show render these items somewhat unrecognizable even though the object has not changed form: it’s simply been re-imagined and has taken on a new life.
From Klaus Pichler’s surprisingly beautiful photographs of dust collected around Vienna to Christopher Johanessen’s “investigation” of used frying pans that look similar to planets to George Benson’s anonymous record sleeves carefully arranged by color, these photographers recognize that something special lies within these mundane items. They also have the talent to elevate, transform and breathe new life into these entities so that they can be appreciated and admired where previously they were ignored.