Benrubi Gallery is moving to 521 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor. The gallery is open by appointment only until the new space opens with an exhibition of work by Simon Norfolk, Stratographs on February 5, 2015.
Excerpt from a story on the series in the New York Times Magazine by Jon Mooallem:
This past October, the English photographer Simon Norfolk spent 18 days on Mount Kenya, camping in an old mountaineering hut at nearly 16,000 feet. Norfolk was there to document the gradual disappearance of one of the mountain’s many glaciers, the Lewis, which happens to be one of the most thoroughly surveyed tropical glaciers in the world.
Norfolk was disturbed that the death of something so large could be taking place so stealthily. It was happening over the course of so many human generations that it was essentially invisible to any one of them. He trekked to the Lewis Glacier because he had come up with a way to reveal its drama, to burn right through the problematic lag between glacial and human time scales. In these photographs, he has used fire to draw the former boundaries of the ice. Collaborating with a nonprofit organization called Project Pressure, he overlaid GPS coordinates onto that historical data about the Lewis Glacier’s size and shape. This allowed him to plot out the vanished edges of the glacier on the actual landscape. He then slowly walked those lines, in the middle of the night, with a makeshift torch: a length of shaggy white carpet rolled into a wick, soaked in gasoline, strapped to a garden rake.
Learn more about Benrubi Gallery, their new location, and program here.
Read the full story on Simon Norfolk in the New York Times Magazine