Posts Tagged ‘meaning

04
Feb
12

Boris Savelev : Photography

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“The camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good as
the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart…” John Steinbeck

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‘Self Portrait, Madrid’
Boris Savelev
Photograph
2007
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‘Trolley Bus, Moscow’
Boris Savelev
Photograph
2002
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‘Untitled’
Boris Savelev
Photograph
2007
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‘Moncloa, Madrid’
Boris Savelev
Photograph
2008
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‘Speaking Lady, Moscow’
Boris Savelev
Photograph
1988
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‘Untitled’
Boris Savelev
Photograph
2007
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‘Untitled’
Boris Savelev
Photograph
2007
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It’s often said that the camera never lies, it does not always tell us the most meaningful of truths and the task of the fine art photographer is to endow the raw image with further layers of meaning. And the degree of success achieved is, in my view, entirely commensurate with the integrity and honesty with which that task is carried out. Savelev’s work amply exudes these admirable qualities. His photographs observe their subjects mutely yet intelligently rather than exposing them to glare or seeming to intrude on them unnecessarily. His photographs are painterly in composition and in effect.

While Savelev’s photographs have a cool and confident feeling about them, they are never brash or strident. The overt subject matter of his work varies greatly but throughout there is a consistent preoccupation with painterly techniques of composition. The use of colour in is reminiscent of colour field paintings and lyrical abstraction.There are also nods to Russia’s constructivist past in much of his work, and even hints of Neo-Plasticism. The many photographs of scenes in Chernowitz, where Savelev was born, and Moscow, where he lives, avoid the overt politics and sentimentality that frequently accompany works which attempt to be documentary in nature. In Savelev’s work, the purity and beauty of the image, the arrangement of colour, form and light are always paramount in a way that often seems alien to fine art photography today. – [Extract : John Kavanagh’s Review – Colour Construction.]

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Boris Savelev : Factum-Arte

Boris Savelev : Betty Guereta Gallery

Boris Savelev : Russia, Spain, Ukraine

Boris Savelev : Michael Hoppen Gallery

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06
Dec
11

Mark Citret : ‘Artifacts’ Series (Photography)

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“Photography is simply a function of noticing things.” — Elliott Erwitt

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‘Eastern Utah’
Artifacts Series
Photograph
2001
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‘Indoor Pool’
Artifacts Series
Photograph
1994
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‘Parked Big Rig’
Artifacts Series
Photograph
1997
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‘Stoop 5th Ave’
Artifacts Series
Photograph
2002
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‘Short Railing’
Artifacts Series
Photograph
2007
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‘Dilapidated Billboard’
Artifacts Series
Photograph
2003
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“When modern day archeologists discover the most trivial of artifacts from an ancient civilization, they are able to deduce from them enormous meaning regarding that civilization. And so it is, I believe, with the artifacts of our own civilization: they embody enormous meaning about our lives and our culture. We just don’t see them that way because they are so common to our experience. But the meaning is there just the same.” [Extract : Mark Citret – ‘Artifacts’ Series]

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Mark Citret : Website

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10
Nov
10

Matthew Northridge : Collage

Thin Black Line (detail)
collage on paper
22″ x 30″
2005

What to Do Today (What to Do Tomorrow) Detail
collage on paper
23″ x 27 1/2″
2010

What to Do Today (What to Do Tomorrow)
collage on paper
23″ x 27 1/2″
2010

Thin Black Line
collage on paper
22″ x 30″
2005

Untitled
collage on paper
11″ x 14″
2005

Contained within my work are serial arrangements and architectonic constructions. Whether composed of variable units in real space or networks on paper, rules are decided and a system developed from many parts. Much is borrowed from popular printed material (magazines, books, advertisements and packaging), where each element carries some of its previous meaning, language, and history. Excised from its original source, a fragment is combined with others to create a subjective framework, rooted in the act of collecting and cataloging. Through this process, materials transcend the mundane, forming the skeleton of a unique, nuanced structure. The scale consistently remains within the range of the architectural model and occupies the peculiar place of simultaneously being thoroughly complete and merely an unrealized prototype of something quite monumental. Though modestly scaled and constructed of simple, familiar materials, the subjects remain quite large and universal, ranging from environmental and climatic change to the precarious state of world government.

Matthew Northridge : Website




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