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Artist's Reception: Tonto Stano at Pace/MacGill

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

White Shadow

Exhibition Dates: February 2 - March 17, 2012

Artists's Reception:
February 2
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Tonto Stano's exhibition with Pace/MacGill is appropriately named, White Shadow. Stano's work inverts perception in an unusual and curious way- he shoots everything in the negative. Usually only photographers are afforded this perspective on the world, but after dreaming of it Stano was inspired to create a negative world. White portions of his model's bodies are painted black and black white. The entire space is treated with care and precision until a litteral slice of inverted reality is formed. It is then that Stano captures his creation. Negative is turned positive, positive negative; the result is haunting and strange.

Stano studied at FAMU, Prague's School of Film, Photography, and Television and was one of a group of students known as the "Slovak School." The group was known for their use of staging. Stano always worked against the grain and maintained independence from the oppressive system of his youth. He works with a large format 24x30 cm camera that once belonged to Joseph Sudek.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Pace/MacGill Gallery

Video of Stano at work on YouTube

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