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Artists' Reception: Mitch Dobrowner at John Cleary Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 23, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: May 23, 2011

Exhibition Dates: June 4 - August 31, 2011

Artists' Reception: June 4
6:00 - 8:00 pm


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Mitch Dobrowner, Monsoon Courtesy of John Cleary Gallery
 
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Mitch Dobrowner, Agathla Peak Courtesy of John Cleary Gallery
 
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Mitch Dobrowner, Dusk Courtesy of John Cleary Gallery
 
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Mitch Dobrowner, A Storm Courtesy of John Cleary Gallery
 
Alluring, monumental, and idilic are the landscapes of Mitch Dobrowner. The artist has been captivated with the photographic media since a camera was first put in his hands by his father when he was a child. At the age of 21 Dobrowner quit his job and left his Long Island home behind traveling to the American Southwest where he was inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape and the work of predecessors Ansel Adams and Minor White. Elegant, powerful, and at times looming expanses of land, rock, and sky are favorite subjects. Rock faces, jagged peeks, and mountains loom like nature's towers, castles, and fortress. Canyons crack and planes roll. The sky takes on real personality at times appears gentle, luminous, and calm, at others severe even dangerous.

For the naturalist in all of us, the images are must-sees. Meet the photographer at the Artists' Reception June 4th at John Cleary Gallery.

More at John Cleary Gallery.


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Artists' Reception: Jane Hilton at Nailya Alexander

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 20, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
ATE: May 20, 2011

Dead Eagle Trail

Exhibition Dates:
May 26 - July 8, 2011

Reception for the Artist & Book Signing:
May 25
6:00 - 8:00 pm


The life of a dying breed, the American Cowboy is the subject of Jane Hilton's work in Dead Eagle Trail. The iconic American archetype has captivated Hilton since childhood; as a youth in suburban England Hilton grew up watching Westerns. Her curiosity and fascination with the figure of the American Cowboy has finally been explored.

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Jane Hilton, Shiprock, New Mexico, 2006 Courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery

While working on another project the artist's inspiration was peaked. She learned of a young Cowboy who was traveling the west working when he could for ranchers or breaking wild horses himself. He worked off the land, earning his living as he migrated from his native Alaska to Mexico. This is one in a cast of figures- from young to old who are framed in Hilton's work. More often than not we see the subjects outside of the box we typically build around their character- we see them in their own homes, even bedrooms. These are more than icons, these are men.
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Allan Roandolph, Gun Collector, 2006, Courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery

The works are bittersweet and fit well within the broader range of Hilton's oeuvre, The American Dream. From documentaries on legalized prostitution to the American wedding culture the English artist has fixed on exposing the realities of the American Dream- the you can do and be anything mentality. In the heart of every American is this fire, however small; Hilton exposes with poetics what appears to be the sunset of this time-honored ideal.

Images and Exhibition Information at Nailya Alexander Gallery.

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Review: Charles Swedlund at Stephen Daiter Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: May 18, 2011

Daiter Gallery cracks the cash of the Institute of Design trained American Master
Through June 25, 2011


The cash of the 75 year old photographer Charles Swedlund has been cracked. Stephen Daiter Gallery synthesized organized, and has put on display works by the American Master. With much to sort through the Daiter gallery drew a range of works from the mid 1950's. From streetscapes to landscapes, layered multiple exposures to motion shots all the works reveal the underpinnings of his formal training at the Institute of Design. Detailed, expansive, structured or abstract there is a sense of geometry and refined aesthetics as well as clear dedication to technical skill characteristic of the Institute of Design.

New City Review

Stephen Daiter Gallery




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Review: Yuki Onodera at Milo Gallery

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 15, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: May 15, 2011



Through May 28, 2011


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Yuki Onodera Rosa, 2009 From the series
Transvest Gelatin Silver Print © Yuki Onodera,
Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
 
Yuki Onodera's debut exhibition in the US with Milo Gallery features two series by the internationally recognized Japanese artist. Transvest and The Eleventh are quite different but share common threads.

In Transvest we see identifiable human silhouettes at a distance- a flamenco dancer, a cowboy, a boxer; as we approach we fid the figure's form to be filled or made of cut-out shapes of architectural and natural forms. The final image is the result of careful manipulation, physical and digital collage and re-printing.

The Eleventh Finger features spontaneous street shots taken at haste without the use of the viewfinder. The result is a soft-focus or blurred image over which a fragment of lattice-cut paper covers the faces of the figures in a photograph/photogram print.

The handling of the work- the construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction employed in both series pushes us to consider themes of identity and anonymity, public vs private, the individual and the sense of a greater whole.

New Yorker Review

Yossi Milo Gallery


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Review: Arthur Elgort at Staley-Wise

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 15, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: May 15, 2011

Through May 21, 2011


Works by the iconic Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort on exhibition at Staley-Wise remind us of the great change his work brought to the world of fashion photography. With a free and easy approach Elgort allowed his subjects to move in the often natural outdoor settings and a style was born. Free of rigidity, works are elegantly constructed and playfully rhythmic. Counter to predecessors Elgorts loose and organic style continues to be emulated.

New Yorker Review

Staley-Wise Gallery




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