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Preview: Fireflies, William Larson, Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm
Untitled by William Larson

Untitled by William Larson

In today’s world of bluetooth, touch screens and virtualization machines, it’s hard to believe how short a time ago that people were fumbling around with any digital technology. Heck, a dozen years ago 5 megapixel cameras were state of the art.

Of course this has never stopped the art community from stepping up and seeing what they could do, no matter what medium was introduced. For William Larson, the sixties presented one such tool in an early fax-machine. The results were the Fireflies series, digital artworks shot between 1969 and 1978. 

Larson used a Graphic Sciences DEX 1 Teleprinter, a sophisticated early fax machine, which converted pictures, text and sound into digitally-generated audio signals. These signals were transmitted over a telephone line and a stylus burned the image onto a special carbon-based paper, creating a unique “electronic drawing.”  He was able to manipulate these images by altering the voltage of the output during the printing process, by moving the stylus during printing and by sending multiple transmissions to the same page, electronically layering images, text and visual representations of sound.

Larson conducted the technology to produce an almost random juxtaposition of dissimilar images. The symbolic, or poetic, potential of the juxtaposition references “the imperfect operations of memory or dreams.”

With Fireflies, Larson sought to move beyond the traditional notion of what a photograph can be. He was interested in representing the fluidity of time with a static work of art. He stated: “I started to work and think of photography as a system of production, supporting a bias toward the additive possibilities of the medium, and less the subtractive, descriptive, or literal.”

Commencing on April 29th, the exhibit will be available for viewing until July 2nd. 

For More Information: Gitterman Gallery

On Site: The Best of AIPAD 2015, Park Avenue Armory

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Ruth Bernhard, Angel Wings, 1943

Ruth Bernhard, Angel Wings, 1943

Courtesy: Scott Nichols Gallery

It is that time for the dozens of domestic and international photography dealers to show their featured pieces at the Armory in NYC.

The Galleries that stood out this year during our visit include:

798 Photo Gallery, Beijing

Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC

Deborah Bell Photographs, NYC (She is back from Christie’s)

Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

ClampArt, NYC

Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica

Gitterman Gallery, NYC

Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC

Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe

Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco

Throckmorton Fine Art, NYC

VERVE Gallery, Santa Fe

Visit this sumptuous banquet of photographic images this weekend at the Armory, Park Ave. and 67th Street, NYC

For more information: AIPAD 2015

Preview: Invisible City/Night Walk 1983-1989, Ken Schles, Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen, Netherlands

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm
Image by Ken Schles

Image by Ken Schles

While New York is one of the most celebrated cities in the world, it hasn’t always been such a wonderful place to visit. Ken Schles was there to document some of its saltier days during the 1980s.

This spring the Noorderlicht Photogallery digs deep into a mythic time in New York’s Lower East Side. Ken Schles’ images from the 1980s are a gritty, penetrating portrayal of a city racked with violence, when crime rates were high and drug addicts and artists ruled his downtown world. An explosive but creative cocktail yielding an intoxicating brew of light, darkness and desire.

The exhibition of 100 black and white photographs coincides with the publication of a new Steidl monograph, Night Walk (2014), a companion to Schles’s underground cult classic Invisible City (1988). Recently reprinted by Steidl, Invisible City is considered alongside Brassaï’s Paris de Nuit and Ed van der Elksen’s Love On The Left Bank to be one of the great depictions of the nocturnal bohemian experience of the 20th century.

Anyone lucky enough to be in the Netherlands on Friday, April 3rd, will be able to attend the opening night, where Schles himself will introduce the exhibit. It will be available for viewing until June 7th.

For More Information: Noorderlicht Photogallery

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