Posts Tagged ‘painterly

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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30
Sep
10

Renato D’Agostin : Tokyo Untitled (Photography Series)

Renato’s photographs are deeply rooted in the classic elements that make up his medium. Light and shadow are fused by extreme angles and the compression of space and timelessness. His images are painterly abstracts, sketches of a place that are sometimes unrecognizable, recontexturealized as shape, form and an interaction, a push and pull between negative and positive spaces. [R.S.Gallery]

Renato D’Agostin
Tokyo Untitled No. 38
Silver Gelatin Print
2008

Renato D’Agostin
Tokyo Untitled No. 2
Silver Gelatin Print
2008

Renato D’Agostin
Tokyo Untitled No. 36
Silver Gelatin Print
2008

Renato D’Agostin
Tokyo Untitled No. 16
Silver Gelatin Print
2008

Renato D’Agostin
Tokyo Untitled No. 9
Silver Gelatin Print
2008

Renato D’Agostin
Tokyo Untitled No. 8
Silver Gelatin Print
2008

“In 2007, I turned my attention to Japanese photography, which inspired me to explore what my point of view could be in a city so far from the world that had always surrounded me, but so close to the photographic imagery towards which I was addressing my attention. Longing to break the unconscious, immediate and easy processes of the known and the predictable, I traveled to Tokyo for the first time. I was immediately struck by a sense of disorientation and an inability to quickly locate my own position within the geography of the city.

My lack of precise references to the external world created in me feelings of isolation and detachment from my previously known realities. I was bewitched by the essential and monochromatic geometric forms, so delicate and precise, of the experience of street life, where these forms cause sounds to fall into a deep silence, muffling the interaction between architecture and human figures. I was impelled toward a quest for the unseen, for details and hidden elements. My perception of this outside world lost all sense of time, revealing an essence described by a language of the surreal and the abstract.

I later returned to Tokyo to repeat the experience. Guided by the same quest, but with a greater awareness of the cultural separation, I let isolation become introspection. I sought to recreate this world that belonged to me, as it is reflected by the city’s reality, while appropriating images and moments that delineate the “me” within its boundaries. It’s become my Tokyo. These works represents a visual record of my journey and its invisible elements diluted in visible everyday life.”

[Extract : Renato D’Agostin : Tokyo Untitled]

Tokyo Unlimited : Video

Renato D’Agostin : Website

Renato D’Agostin : Randall Scott Gallery




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