Oceanic in more ways than one, Edward McHugh’s photographs are expansive and infused with a headiness that is usually the province of nineteenth-century landscape painting; a large-scale sensuality reveals their Law of Reflection. The law of reflection is the name for the scientific principle explaining reflected light — McHugh’s works are scenes that use reflections in water to infuse their surrounding environments with alchemical magic. Resin and acrylic, applied to the finished digital photos printed on canvas, combine to enhance the bodies of water, the focal point of each photograph. What would be merely the equal and opposite effect of ... More » »
Donald Camp is a member of the Baha’i faith, and our interview with him involved talk about spirituality and seeking answers. But in addition, Don told us about magic. He is a trained magician, who learned his first tricks from his magician father. Since Don was 14 years old, he’s been pulling birds out of hats and making little balls of crumpled paper or rubber seem to levitate. We know Don as an artist who shows his extraordinary photographs of human faces at Gallery 339. Don is creating an archive of faces that are usually excluded in the telling of ... More » »
Donald Camp makes extraordinary photographs of the human face, mostly, but not exclusively, the faces of African American men. He is creating an archive of faces that are usually excluded in the telling of history. Camp’s ghostly-looking works come about through some traditional photography methods and some very non-traditional methods that involve powdered pigments and scrubbing the paper. There are no editions in Camp’s work – each print is an individual, like each individual is unique. Camp shows his works locally at Gallery 339. In this clip from our interview, Camp talks about how he likes to see his work ... More » »
When portrait photographers are storytellers, their images are often best seen in series such as an exhibition or book where the cumulative effect of the work builds a loose narrative. Andrea Modica’s “Best Friends” and Kelli Connell’s “Double Life” at Gallery 339 (21st Street near Pine) are cases in point. These beautiful and compelling photographs create narratives about relationships and the nature of portrayals. The show is an inspired pairing. Modica, an associate professor in the photography program at Drexel University, bought her first camera in high school with money she’d earned frying chicken at a fast-food restaurant. Today, the ... More » »
On entering Gallery 339, currently hosting work by William Larson and Phillip Toledano, your first sight is of an array of white panels, each adorned with a print of bold swaths of color and filmstrips. William Larson’s exhibition The Cut is the latest iteration of the legendary photographer’s lifelong study of the ways in which recording motion and time can be altered. Upstairs, Phillip Toledano’s series, A New Kind of Beauty, examines the often extreme measures people will go to for physical beauty.
For a long time now, artists have been stealing faces. Portraiture, whether sculptural, painted or printed, is a thief. Even when a portrait shows a likeness, the face is often there to represent a larger truth about the human condition. No matter how much Abraham Lincoln looks like himself in art, he is always the great emancipator and a symbol of liberty and justice. ”About Face” at Gallery 339 takes aim at the human face — in black and white and color photographs by 25 artists — and arrays a small congregation on the walls. Beautiful and compelling, moody, funny or ... More » »
The photographic series “Fountain” by Andrea Modica gives an insider view of modern industrial hunters, aka the Baker family. The Bakers run a small slaughterhouse that has been in the family for three generations. The collaboration between artist and family created a series of photographs that are like a well-developed philosophy of the expired, expressed with the gentle and careful use of tone and mood that constantly challenges a carnivore’s contribution to animal slaughter and its often quiet consequences (i.e. health). In this series of photographs, animal and human merge within the shadows without ever showing the blood and guts ... More » »
Alex DaCorte continues his razzle-dazzle art career when MoMA screens a video of his next week, Thursday, April 14. (Read Annette Monnier’s thoughtful review of Alex’s recent 2-venue show at Bodega and Extra Extra.) He’s one of 10 artists who were invited to create video responses to songs on Leonard Cohen’s 10-song album New Skin for the Old Ceremony, one song per artist.
In Review’s 10 photographers seem deeply immersed in thoughts about the fragility of the human condition and the slipperiness of reality. The photographers are also into taxonomies – groups of barns, humans, animals, buildings, teenagers and more. The show, at Gallery 339, is full of quirky and sometimes hallucinatory imagery.
The pairing of photographic works by Toshio Shibata and Andrea Modica at Gallery 339 is inspired. From the sublime breadth of Shibata’s unpeopled highway landscapes to Modica’s specific, humanistic portraits of farm-league baseball players, the two excellent stand-alone exhibits reach across the gallery spaces in conversation with each other.Next Page »