Gitterman Gallery is proud to
present an exhibition of contemporary
black and white photographs by Ken Collins. The exhibition will open on
Thursday, September 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
River Meditation is a series of
images of the surface of water, light, and
movement. Influenced by concepts ranging from Abstract Expressionism
to Minimalism, Ken Collins uses photography in much the same way that
a painter uses brush strokes to create gesture. These exquisitely printed
photographs of rich and subtle tonal range are not mere representations
of the river. They are abstractions of the river that emphasize emotional
and spiritual content rather than descriptive detail. They are visual
manifestations of Ken Collins imagination.
The exhibition also includes selections
from Collins prior series, Fort
Greene Suite and Sacred Geometry which provide earlier examples of his
interest in the meditative potential of photography. Fort Greene Suite
depicts, through images of tree leaves in Brooklyn, the time of day in an
urban environment when natural light is fading and the artificial light is
beginning to take over. Sacred Geometry explores the infinite subtleties
of chiaroscuro and composition through still life using the simple elements
of a three dimensional sphere within a two dimensional square.
Ken Collins received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design,
Pasadena, CA in 1981. He is currently teaching at the International
Center for Photography, NY. Ken has enjoyed a long career as a New
York based editorial photographer shooting for New York Magazine,
New York Times and Artnews, as well as photographing for the
Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and The Museum of
Natural History, NY. He was honored recently by the Parrish Museum
for Best in Show. His photographs are in the permanent collection of
the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Ken Collins forthcoming book In Their Company, Portraits of American
Playwrights is due in the spring of 2006 to be published by Umbrage