Exhibition Dates: December 12 – February 1, 2014
Artist's Opening Reception:
Thursday, December 12
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Massimo Vitali began his career as a photojournalist before dedicating himself to his own practice in 1994. Perhaps this early work helped to shape his artistic career, for his work stays free of judgment as it illuminates truth. It is both inquisitive and critical. This exhibition marks the artist's sixth solo show with Bonni Benrubi Gallery and is composed of large format photographs that continue to push into areas explored by earlier work through engaging sets of contrasts. Juxtaposed images reveal the line between pleasure and tragedy. In Lampedusa Diptych
, for example, we encounter two images- one of a carefree beach scene and the other, while it reveals the same vista, is void of activity and figures. It is only the title and the knowledge that this site is more than a vacation destination; it was also the location of a tragic boating accident that caused the los of 360 lives in October of 2013. Works like this underline the plurality of place, its use, and history and leaves viewers wondering at the effect of humanity on the natural world.
Further contrasts and explorations of Vitali engage plurality of the photographic media itself; Vitali has begun photographing the same scene with both analog and digital process. The fact that the same image is rendered in dual forms reminds us of perspective and persistence. Our world is both singular and communal; it is the layers that Vitali asks us to engage.
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