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Review: Sandi Haber Fifield at Rick Wester Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

After the Threshold

Through June 15

Upcoming Book signing at the International Center for Photography

Friday, June 21

6:00 – 7:30

Sandi Haber Fifield's exhibition at Rick Wester Fine Art is the artist's third show with the gallery and was the inaugural exhibition at RWFA's new location. A powerful choice for a celebratory first exhibition, Haber's works continues to engage themes that have been present for years. The title of her first monograph, Walking Through the World established Haber's posture in picture making. After the Threshold brings a carefree maturity to the process. Analytical and feminine, sensual and composed, contained yet freely borderless, Haber Fifield has taken her walk and has reported back that the world is filled with more wonder than any one picture can capture.

The current exhibition, After the Threshold, conveys a new approach for the artist. Here, a preset pictorial structure of either three or four images printed on a single sheet of paper demands a reading of photography, treating it as a unique, quixotic visual code traded between image makers, a secret and seemingly lost language now overwhelmed by the shorthand of cell phone cameras and Instagram. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy wrote that "the illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the camera and the pen alike" and Haber Fifield is not shy to press this point. If images cannot be understood as a language without words then what are cameras for? Writing in After the Threshold, the noted photography writer Vicki Goldberg observes, "So what we are looking at in these photographs is often looking itself."

We are easily invited to enter into Haber Fifield's images; they are composites drawn form the artist's archive. Many of the depicted figure's faces are turned from the camera or hidden from view, and so in these moments we can engage, imagine, and invent. The personal yet universal frames let us experience as spectators and subjects, and the plurality of images opens the work to function as both melody and harmony, and render a frequent perceived weakness in the media- singularity and isolated moment a strength.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Rick Wester Fine Art

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