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Artist's Reception: Alison Rossiter at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Posted By Turner Uligian, Monday, September 17, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Lost and Found

Exhibition Dates: September 22 - October 20, 2012

Reception for the Artist:
Saturday, September 22
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Artist Talk:
Saturday, September 22
1:00 - 2:00 pm (RSVP as seating is limited)

Alison Rossiter has been and remains connected to the darkroom and the silver print process. Weather Rossiter prints from "straight" negatives, draws with flash lights, makes photograms, or pulls latent images from expired paper past and present works bridge within the darkroom and the wet silver process itself. Rossiter's dedication to the darkroom has reached a new pinnacle.

Rossiter's newest series,Lament composes the aptly named Lost and Found exhibition at Stephen Bulger Gallery. Perhaps her volunteer work in photographic conservation at the Metropolitan Museum allowed further insight into vintage papers, their lasting properties and flawed characteristics. Appreciation for the history of photographic materials certainly was heightened by this experience; we can't help but wonder if curiosity too was inspired. Somehow, we imagine that the experience informed Lament, a series of prints drawn out of expired papers. Rossiter has collected expired photographic paper from around the world- some have been expired for decades, others for over a century. With only a safe-light to guide her Rossiter develops the collected sheets. Knowledge and skill was artfully used to pull the inner secrets of these forgotten pages out- to litterally cause them to surface. Many times the results are of little excitement, but there are rare moments of success. Refined selection of coaxed images amount to powerful and at often, as the series title suggests, mournful imagery.

Prints are soft and moody. Abstract but clinging to referents of organic forms, geometric shapes, and meditative tones, the prints are about a past and a present, the fading legacy of time-honored techniques. Like ghosts from the past the prints speak not only to process but become artifacts to and even of time. There is an undeniable archaeological aspect to the work. Beyond obvious layers of time and history we can't help but wonder at individual stories we will never know- the stories of hands that first owned these otherwise forgotten pages.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Stephen Bulger Galelry

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Review: A Prayer is a Prayer is a Prayer at Andrea Meislin Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, September 15, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Inaugural Exhibition

Through October 13, 2012

A Prayer is a Prayer is a Prayer is as fitting a show as any to inaugurate the gallery's new grond-floor location at 534 West 24th Street. The cast of exhibiting artist is as extensive as it is impressive. Works by 18 artists, including Lili Almog, Ourit Ben-Haim, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Rina Castelnuovo, Michal Chelbin, Blake Eskin, Barry Frydlender, Noel Jabbour, Leora Laor, Naomi Leshem, Loretta Lux, Jackie Nickerson, Sebastiao Salgado, Pentti Sammallahti, Mark Steinmetz, Andrea Stern, Angela Strassheim, Sharon Ya'ari, and Liu Zheng to be included.

Together the works of these artists form a mosaic of international faith including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist worshipers from China, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Ukraine, and the United States. As we file past the frames we feel the intense power of a larger spirit. Belief in the hearts of the captured faithful is felt with such power that it seems to vibrate from the frames in waves that enter our own space, our own person.

What is so lovely and touching about the work is the unity that emerges in a desire to believe in something greater- something more powerful than humankind. There proves to be both a primal and a contemporary element to faith and prayer, devotion and belief. The range in local speaks both to tradition and to the modern every day- we find the faithful in houses of worship and in the open, at sites of conflict and sites of spiritual tradition. More common-place situations also appear to be "home" to faithful. Believers appear in subways, a street bench, even a McDonalds. Divinity is proven to have ability to survive anywhere it finds a believer. Power too is equalized; mass gatherings seems equally potent to moments of simple solitary reflection.

The works in A Prayer is a Prayer is a Prayer spark something inside us- believers or not, something stirs within our own spirit. We see here proved that hope and belief are universal. Though faith itself may vary this exhibition finds a sense of unity that leaves us wondering if it may indeed take all our voices in a diverse calling out to allow humanity to transcend.

Photograph Magazine Review

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Artists' Reception: PHOTOGRAPHY SCULPTURE FIGURE at M+B Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 14, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014


Exhibition Dates: September 15 - October 27, 2012

Reception with the Artists:
Saturday, Sept. 15
6:00 - 8:00 pm

An exhibition curated by Matthew Dipple brings the work of five New York-based artists together. All of the noted artists work with photography with cross-over into the third dimension. Tension of visual definition in two dimensions always alludes to a third; for the included artists their work wanders across the line at times in hybrid structures and at times more formally. It is the line of understanding and description that become the focal point of the show- the mingling of rhythm, texture, and thought.

For more information please visit M+B Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Stephen Roucher at McNamara Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Exhibition Dates: September 7 - 28, 2012

Reception with Stephen Roucher
Friday, September 7
5:30 pm

The cool formality of Stephen Roucher's rugby stands demands attention. It was the form that initially drew Roucher to the subject, and that from the straight even balance of each shot is clear. We are presented with a series of stands all from the same straight-on vantage. What develops in the work is more than a simple cataloguing of a structure in place. A clear reflection of place emerges. Some of the stands are beaten and worn, even crumbling. Others are oversized to the point of obscurity. Some are clean-kept and freshly painted, others sit rotting but remain overused. We learn much of the community to which they belong. We can identify affluence, poverty, but perhaps most interesting of all a sense of, as the artist puts it, earlier optimism that is now faded.

From the gallery:
"STEPHEN ROUCHER presents a selection of work from the Stands series. A body of work which focuses on minor stadia found in both rural centers and urban settings throughout New Zealand. A uniform perspective throughout the series reveals a design archetype shifted subtlety through the vagaries of use, economics and age."

For more information on the exhibition, please visit McNamara Gallery

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New York Photo Review: COLORS OF PASSION at Throckmorton Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 23, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Colors of Passion
Works by
Gao Yuan and Dimitris Yeros

Through September 8, 2012

Gao Yuan and Dimitris Yeros's work have been paired in Colors of Passion and hope to do more than simply cary the tradition of the nude into contemporary practice. There is something quite traditional to the work of both artists. While the Chinese-based Yuan engages the historical most directly through pose, the Greek-based Yeros does so through symbolism.

Yuan's classically posed nudes recall a tradition that reaches back to the slumbering Venus paintings of the Renaissance. The young delicate bodies recline on cushioned beds, but there is always something to break the traditional concept of elegance- a piercing, a tattoo, or a hairstyle first disrupt the traditional vision. This break does nothing to wear at elegance or grace of form, rather works to establish a contemporary frame. The space surrounding the figures goes a step further. The backdrops are somewhat apocalyptic and unsettling- cold cities, crumbling rubble, dark interiors, and encroaching storms offset what would traditionally be idyllic. The series, still in its early stages, has promise and raises what may eventually be answered questions. R. Wayne Parsons raises interesting points related to the gaze and the exotic, asian, figures. We can hope too that additional pieces will answer the question- are the women larger symbols, and if so what of.

Turning towards Yeros's work, which comprises the majority of the show, we find religious even mythological symbolism embedded into portraits of men, women, and couples. The snake appears is the most direct and potent reference. Somehow this ignites questions that leave us wondering if other animal characters like the rooster, the goat, and even the peacock have more subtle (Christian) references. A host of other animals including a monkey make us wonder at contemporary fact, myth, and symbol. The coupling choices of Yeros are also quite contemporary with same-sex pairs making appearance. Some of Yeros's works are set at a distance; they seem to be relevant steps to the more dramatic and engaging portraits.

On the whole the exhibition is enticing, alluring, and sensual. While historic, the nude remains a relevant force in the current of contemporary practice. Both Yuan and Yeros lean on history but carry the tradition into the present with force, weight, and just the right amount of contemporary "baggage."

For more on the exhibition, please visit Throckmorton Fine Art

The New York Photo Review

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