Preview: Roger Ballen Exhibit at George Eastman House

In Art Museum, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

Roger Ballen, MIMICRY, 2005. Courtesy of the Artist and Gagosian Gallery.


Now through June 6, there is a thought provoking Roger Ballen exhibit at the George Eastman House in Rochester, Ny. Ballen’s work combines animal and human social commentary in a striking manner employing rich symbolism. Comprised of 74 black and white images, the exhibit draws on two bodies of his work: Shadow Chamber and Boarding House.

Ballen’s unique artistic vocabulary, which he composes using a square format, creates visual ambiguities as universal metaphors of the human condition. For Ballen, standard divisions as subject, object, motif and background are elusive. In his visually complex tableaux, Ballen forgoes a strictly documentary approach and casts further doubt on their veracity, intervening to alter each room, and collaborating directly with the subject to create the sculptures and drawings that appear in the photographs.

Roger Ballen will be present on April 15, at 6:00 pm.

For more information: Roger Ballen at GEH

To view some of Roger’s work: Gagosian Gallery

To support George Eastman House: Fielding Grant Match Program

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