Reinier Gerritsen, Adam Magyar & David Molander
Exhibition Dates: February 27 - April 19, 2014
Opening Reception with the Artist David Molander
Thursday, February 27
6:00 - 8:00 pm
This three-man show of urban scenes by European artists is super-charged, images are full of the bustle, energy, and an over-saturation imposed on us our contemporary urban environments. All three artists are using cutting-edge technology to compose their final frames. Though there is something believable to all the artist's works, we are aware of an underlying layering, so while we move between possibility and impossibility what we are left with is the sense of place and the aura of urbanism surrounds us.
Armed with a camera capable of rapid succession shooting, Reinier Gerritsen captures a series of closely related images at the Wall Street subway stop in New York City then makes selections. Gerritsen draws each figure out separately, selecting by expression and gesture to create the final image. Here we experience the sense of closeness and an almost cocoon-like moment of introspection in an overcrowded public space. Adam Magyar also works through selections and photographs from an overhead perspective. Patterns of figures set against generic brick ground move like insects far below our viewing plane. Anonymity is strong and we are quickly seduced by the rhythm of the figures. Our eye is unable to rest, and as we float from figure to figure the sense of movement comes from our engagement with the work. David Molander's work is expansive and pushes belief to its limits. He seeks to capture the essence of urban centers by weaving together a series of images. Frames meld figures, space, structures, cars and more into impossible scenarios. Molander's city is fragmented but fascinating and we want to be swept up into the energy of the city at night. More symbolic or felt than literal, these works let us feel the pulse and frenzy of the often overwhelming energy of the city.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit Julie Saul Gallery.
David Molander, Fountain LES, 2013
Chromogenic print, 39 1/2 x 79" edition of 3
Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery