Venice in Solitude
Exhibition Dates: October 4 - November 3, 2012
Opening with the Artist:
Thursday, October 4th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The exhibition and accompanying text,Christopher Thomas: Venice in Solitude
marks the end of another body of work by the German-born photographer. As with his previous series and publication, New York Sleeps
, we see vibrant cities in a moment of slumber. Taken with a large format camera on no-longer manufactured Polaroid film these prints slow time and place to a halt. It is as if Thomas is able to hold time's breath or pause the hands of the world clock- the cities are empty.
In the illusive moments of dawn- that time between slumber and waking, between darkness and light Thomas works. The prints give due justice to these solitary scenes- with a smooth clarity of tone and a grandness of view we become introspective. We are as awestruck by the perfection of solitude as we are suddenly aware of our own presence. Thomas manages again to bring us in touch with the essence of a city- not its bustle and hum, not its citizens or visitors, just itself. In the Venice prints we find ourselves indulging in the lingering romance and cautious of the ghosts of the city in sites we may know the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and other monuments. We wander too off the path and rebuild the lost stories of abandoned canals and boarded workshops. Washing-lines and shipyards remind us of the absent, and we may remember times when we were graced by a quiet moment in a city. How easily it is gone and how hard it is to find; Thomas's work allows us to linger in a very private moment.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Steven Kasher Gallery