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Review: Machiel Botman at Gitterman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

One Tree
Through February 18, 2012

Held in tandem with the release of Machiel Botman's third monograph, the One Tree exhibition draws from work of the past 10 years. Atmospheric and enchanted, romantic and mysterious the frames of Botman are often layered. Through the use of multiple exposure and play with depth of field and focus the final image is elegant and invested. We may wish to find the common thread in the work; it is not lacking, but it is not clear. The frames are individual; what unites them is their sensibility, their allure, and their investigative property. Birds is transportative and liberating; flight seems to carry through space and time. Magda's Shoulder works as a fragmented yet satisfying engagement of portrait and plane. Horse and Church and Wall Nude among others seem to balance real and imagined, fantasy and reality, we can almost touch the apparition.

The self-taught artist is lesser known in the United States than in his home country, the Netherlands. One look at the work and we can see the delicate strength of a master's hand. Though self taught, Botman received hands on training from master printer Philippe Salaün in Paris. Salaün printed for Willy Ronis, Izis and Robert Doisneau among others.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Gitterman Gallery

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