Christiane Feser: Accurate Illusion in COLLECTOR DAILY
April 4, 2022 - Loring Knoblauch
April 4, 2022 - Loring Knoblauch
February 9, 2022 - Gabriel H. Sanchez
There’s a certain quality of light that refracts from a pool of water on a warm summer afternoon. With each ripple, a sunbeam dissolves into a universe of radiant sparkle; the effect can be intoxicating. Christopher Russell has leveraged this phenomenon as a window into the sublime. Each picture acts as a kind of mason jar — captured and sealed tight within the frame is something wild and untamed: sun-kissed beams of light, rendered in luminous hues of cyan and magenta, cascading across waves of wind-swept water.Read More >>
November 1, 2021 - Megan N. Liberty
Photographs from 1981 illustrate the artist’s archival care for his community.
...For Frame, this act of archival care carries special weight, since his own creative community’s legacy was disastrously impacted by the AIDS crisis. Curator and scholar Drew Sawyer sets the context for this body of work with his opening essay, focusing on Frame’s milieu and distinct use of color photography: “Part of the pleasure of these photographs for present-day viewers might come from recognizing well-known artists such as Robert Gober or Cady Noland. What made Frame’s psychologically imbedded pictures radical at the time was his use of color and his focus on the private lives of a queer community.” The photographs capture the moment, in the 1980s in downtown New York and Brooklyn, just before there was any awareness of AIDS, how it would remain ignored for so long, and how it would rip through the lives of those pictured. As Frame reflects in the monograph, “We were full of joy and hopefulness about our lives, about what we would accomplish creatively, about our close-knit relationships.”...
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October 22, 2021 - Vince Aletti
Fever (Matte Editions, 2021) was selected by Vince Aletti as one of his top 10 Photobooks.
Frame’s color photographs of friends hanging out in New York and Brooklyn in 1981 inevitably recall Nan Goldin’s, but his perspective is brighter, less fraught, with darkness all but banished from these naturally lit scenes. Goldin makes a cameo appearance here, but she’s just one of a cast of artists, performers, and writers whose interactions evoke the spirit of this fragile, charged moment: a fever that broke long before the decade was done. —Vince Aletti
September 27, 2021
September 14, 2021
The SF Camerawork Benefit Auction 2021: The Roof Is on Fire will take place online with Artsy
September 14 - 28th.
This year’s auction will feature over 60 works by some of the world’s leading photographers and many of photography's most exciting emerging artists.
Over its 47-year history, SF Camerawork’s mission and programs have been dedicated to offering local artists early career opportunities toward the creation of their important work. This year's Benefit Auction raises crucial funds that directly support image makers, with contributing artists receiving up to 50% of the sale price for their works.
July 24, 2021 - Washington Depot, CT
Through August 24, 2021
Klea McKenna uses the photogram process to create unique gelatin silver prints that contain both vivid detail and ethereal abstraction. Unlike a photograph created with a camera, a photogram is a one-of-a-kind object that involves physical contact between a subject and the light-sensitive printing surface, representing the mark of that interaction. This exhibition is a curated selection of work from 4 different series, Rain Studies, Web Studies, Automatic Earth, and Generation.
Rain Studies are an ongoing series of unique gelatin silver photograms of rain made outdoors at night. McKenna began making these on the big Island in Hawaii, where rain is plentiful but continued them back home in California as it suffered through a period of severe drought.
Web Studies are unique gelatin silver photograms of rain caught in the webs of orb-weaver spiders. Remarkable feats of engineering built each day to catch prey, the webs are also delicate and damaged. Like the patterns found inside trees and in our own lives, the webs follow a particular form yet each is unique and exquisitely flawed.
In her series Automatic Earth, McKenna emphasizes the physicality of the photogram process and builds on it by forcing the paper to record texture as well as light. Working in near darkness she applies pressure on the center cut of a tree to physically imprint the texture into the photographic paper and then selectively exposes the paper to light creating what the artist calls a "photographic relief."
With Generation, McKenna applies this method to textiles and women's clothing from different cultures that are rich in the legacy of touch: from the labor of their making to the textures of the designs, to the marks of continual wear. For McKenna, her process "is driven by my desire for communication with women from a time and place different than my own...With each alteration, mending, and use, someone has inscribed themselves onto these textiles."
July 17, 2021 - Vince Aletti
This Is Not a Fashion Photograph. Allen Frame
..."the pictures in Fever seem to draw upon an earlier influence: Italian postwar cinema, notably Michelangelo Antonioni. The looseness, spontaneity, and natural light in Frame’s work combines the immediacy of the snapshot with film’s wide-screen impact for a sense of emotional intimacy that’s contained but never cramped."
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June 28, 2021 - Jessica Robinson
A PHOTO COLLECTION THAT CAPTURES NEW YORK AT THE VERY DAWN OF AIDS
In 'FEVER,' Allen Frame's candid 1981 photos capture a time of hope and innocence—and they are all the more tragic for it
In a new book of color photographs, all shot in 1981, Allen Frame revisits a time that gave rise to an aesthetic that was distinctly New York. A circle of friends, many—though not all—gay men, made art at a specific moment in city’s history, though perhaps not what you’d expect.
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May 25, 2021 - Miss Rosen
A Portrait of the New York Art Scene
Just Before the Advent of AIDS
A new book and exhibition revisit downtown New York in 1981 and capture the face of a lost generation just before the pandemic struck.
Frame’s photographs, which combine the immediacy of the snapshot with the timeless sensibilities of fine art, preserve the face of a lost generation. Here, we see a world filled with possibility and hope, the hallmarks of youth made all the more poignant by the sense that they cannot begin to imagine the terrors the future will hold.
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