On Site: Toshio Shibata and Andrea Modica, Gallery 339, Philadelphia

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on May 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm


Toshio Shibato / Andrea Modica

Two artists of interest are on display at Gallery 339 until June 12. The low light photographs of Shibato are well executed and and exhibit some of the same characteristics of the Robert Adam’s “Summer Night’s Walking” show in NYC. The loneliness of a Hopper-like view inside a parking area is haunting.

Driving the expressways of Japan at night, he found a subject that seemed removed from any specific locale yet one that held a certain mystery and seductiveness. With the elegant balance of abstraction and representation, and the transformation of the mundane into the sublime, these pictures clearly point to Shibata’s later investigation of landscape forms in Japan.

The work of Andrea Modica features a series of Minor League baseball player portraits that are quite interesting when viewed in person. Her work is also presented in the “Platinum Process” exhibit we will cover shortly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Her picture-taking revealed to her the complex issues of success and failure with which the players must grapple on a daily basis.  Her pictures also offered an understanding of the multifaceted relationships among the players, who exhibited both a tight-knit camaraderie and a determined competitiveness.  Modica eventually found that as an artist, who must contend with similar issues around success and self motivation, she had more in common with these players than she could have imagined.

For more information: Gallery 339

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