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Artist's Reception: Arnold Kramer at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Interior Views

Exhibition Dates: March 2 - April 13, 2013

Artist's Reception:
Saturday, March 2

6:00 - 8:00 pm


Joseph Bellows Gallery to hold the first West Coast exhibition of the work of established East Coast photographer, Arnold Kramer. This exhibition also marks Kramer's first gallery exhibition in 25 years. Kramer's interiors are crisp and clean. The banality of his subjects is easily trumped by Kramer's skillful framing and attraction to pattern; the images become fascinating reflections on social nuance.

Images first appear frank, direct, even plain; the formal approach Kramer takes works to enhance these qualities as it undoes them. Pattern and texture partitions and segments the images, but work a dual role to give a collage-like quality to the frames that pushes and pulls our eye. Kramer is able to find views that continue to vacillate between flatness and depth. This visual play gives an almost undetectable tension to the work that causes us to pause, and we engage deeper. Images begin to expose more than what meets the eye; we begin to make judgements on the interiors' owners and we identify cues of means and status or their lack. The inhabitants of livingroom, Randallstown, Maryland, 1977-1978 enjoy a plush lifestyle, where bed, Washington DC, 1977-1978 is bare even stark. Titles often help to drive our desire to describe unseen owners and give more rounded views with hints like woman's room or boy's room, and where definition is not given by gender- game room, entry hall, dressing table we can form more elaborate descriptions.

Arnold Kramer has had a fruitful career in the arts. In both 1975 and 1979 he was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was on the faculty of the University of Maryland for 11 years where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in still photography, and since 1987 has served on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Kramer's work in in notable collections that include the Birmingham Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Museum of American Art, Addison Gallery of American Art, and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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