Klompching Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of photographs by R. J. Kern. This will be the artist’s first solo show in New York, bringing together a selection of color photographs from his three critically-acclaimed projects: The Unchosen Ones, Out To Pasture and Divine Animals: The Bovidae.
Kern’s photography is firmly rooted in presenting the human affect on the landscape and an inquisitive exploration of humanity through man’s relationship with domestic animals.
“Kern’s evocation of nature as a device to understand his own sense of self draws upon historical precedence: the use of animals as metaphor and the pastoral tradition. yet the artist’s broad concept—his exploration of identity—is firmly grounded in a contemporary context. This tightly knit series of images, which together characterize the author, is common to our age of social media. Kern’s aesthetic, however, emphasizes clarity and projects a warm stillness that is a balm to an overstimulate society. This contrast, too—the ties to digital media and the rejection of its characteristics—deepens his pastoral project.”.—Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator, Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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The Unchosen Ones, Out To Pasture and Divine Animals: The Bovidae
by R. J. Kern
more at Klompching Gallery
Peter Fetterman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by American fine art landscape photographer, Jeffrey Conley. He crafts each one of his prints by utilizing two traditional darkroom methods, gelatin silver and platinum/palladium printing processes. As both the artist and the printer, Conley’s first-hand technique creates a compendium of work that is as wide-ranging as it is intricate and intimate. The artist has, moreover, perfected the balance between simplicity and complexity, nuanced and bold.
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“For as long as I can remember I have felt most at peace outdoors. Nature has always been my refuge and sanctuary. I find the natural world to be endlessly wondrous in its range of character and texture, from moments of delicate intimacy and subtlety to the massively expansive and powerful. Nature is in constant change, and photography is particularly well suited to capture and amplify the swirling fluidity and the wonderfully serendipitous moments born of the ephemeral. Photographing nature is a very specific kind of exercise in mindfulness; to be out in nature with senses responsive, keenly aware of circumstances and completely receptive, yielding to the present. The photographs in this exhibition represent some of my observations while investigating nature over these last several years; moments that represent my awe, wonder, and affinity towards our Earth.” ~Jeffrey Conley, 2017.
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Yasuhiro Ogawa est né en 1968 dans la préfecture de Kanagawa, au Japon ; il est titulaire d’un Deug en littérature anglaise, obtenu à l’Université de Kanagawa. En 2000, au début de sa carrière de photographe, il reçoit le Taiyo Award pour sa série Futashikana Chizu, avant d’être présélectionné en vue de l’Oskar Barnack Award en 2006, pour ses œuvres portant sur la Chine. En 2009, la Société photographique du Japon lui octroie le Prix du nouveau-venu pour « Slowly Down the River » (une œuvre publiée par Creo en 2008), et son livre intitulé « Shimagatari » a été présélectionné en 2015 pour le prix Hayashi Tadahiko. En 2018, il a déjà à son actif une exposition au Salon photo Fuji Film de Tokyo, intitulée Nihonkai-zoi / By the sea / Au bord de la mer, et une participation à une exposition de groupe intitulée « Histoires de Tokyo » au musée Darwin de Moscou, en Russie.
in)(between record vol. 34 inclut deux des séries corrélées de Yasuhiro : des épreuves noir et blanc gélatino-argentiques extraites de Shimagatari et des tirages en couleur issus de By the Sea / Au bord de la mer. Shimagatari illustre sa quête des légendes de la vie disparue dans plus de 300 petites îles japonaises tombées en désamour, un parcours mélancolique qui a permis au photographe de découvrir les paysages côtiers empreints de sérénité de la Mer du Japon, mais aussi de ressentir un certain désespoir en identifiant d’anciennes traces d’habitation. Cette exposition révèle la beauté inouïe d’un littoral et d’îlots minuscules aujourd’hui désertés.
Associant ces deux séries étroitement liées, cette exposition présente plus de 60 photographies en noir et blanc et en couleurs soulignant la valeur artistique et documentaire de ce projet d’une durée de 10 ans, un projet qui se poursuit encore aujourd’hui.
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Shimagatari – Contes des îles et Paysages de la Mer du Japon | Yasuhiro Ogawa
via in)(between Gallery
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles, the latest exhibition by noted Hollywood photographer Matthew Rolston. Rolston is an artist who works in photography and video; his practice centers on portraiture, most notably subjects drawn from celebrity culture.
One of a handful of artists to emerge from Andy Warhol’s celebrity-focused Interview magazine, Rolston is a well-established icon of Hollywood photography. His latest exhibition and publication, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles is a retrospective of his 1980s photography and presents a stunning array of portraits that beautifully capture the breadth of that decade’s iconic talent, from Michael Jackson to Madonna, from Cyndi Lauper to Prince.
Alongside such luminaries as Herb Ritts and Greg Gorman, Rolston was a member of an influential group of photographers (among them, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Meisel) who came from the 1980s magazine scene. Rolston helped define the era’s take on celebrity image-making, ‘gender bending,’ and much more. The photographs in this collection recall the glamour of old Hollywood with postmodern irony, helping to point the way towards the cult of fame with which we live today.
Released in conjunction with this exhibition, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles is also available as a lavish 262-page book, produced by teNeues and available for purchase through the gallery for $125.
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Matthew Rolston – Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles
more at Fahey/Klein Gallery
Cayman Islands-based artist Ellen Cuylaerts photographs aquatic wildlife around the world, highlighting the distinct connections between man, animal, and environment. Abandoning the tradition of straightforward, documentary photography, Cuylaerts chooses to convey her subjective perception of her animal encounters. The resulting images document the fleeting moment in which photographer and animal establish mutual understanding and two worlds connect.
Cuylaerts researches and chooses her subjects based on conservation and environmental concerns in an effort to foster awareness regarding climate change and loss of habitat. In images such as In Between Worlds, the artist captures a lone seal amid a snowy landscape, but a fishing ship looms in the background as a reference to the predatory dangers presented by humans. In her underwater photographs, such as Wild, Cuylaerts captures a misunderstood shark with compassion, the dramatic, filtered light mediated and amplified by her lens to capture the emotional affect of the encounter.
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Ellen Cuylaerts | Encounters: Nature and Culture
more at Agora Gallery
The Chelsea International Photography Competition exhibition features the diverse works of 28 professional and amateur photographers. The works on view were selected by a distinguished panel of jurors and convey the astonishing breadth and global nature of the photographic medium. Through expressive portraits, still lifes, and conceptual works, the exhibition conveys a unique perspective on the tradition of photography and how the medium conveys ideas, creates fictions, or captures attitudes.
Korean photographer and photojournalist HaleLee Seoyeon masterfully captures the paradox of compassionate isolation in urban spaces.
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Self taught Brazilian photographer Sidney Gaspar documents the play of light and shadow in his theatrical landscapes shot in black and white.
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French-Russian artist Misha De-Stroyev’s beguiling works capture the grandeur and enormity of the natural world.
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Eli Matityahu’s recent photographic series masterfully weaves together architecture and abstraction within a minimalist aesthetic.
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The works of Vincent Chahley are a cross-section of digitality and physicality, where details commingle with perceptual gestalts to give viewers a novel perspective on the interrelationship between geography and art.
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Chelsea International Photography Competition Exhibition
more at Agora Gallery