Posts Tagged ‘Photograms

05
Dec
12

Jaroslav Rössler : Abstract Photography

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Jaroslav Rössler
‘Komposition mit Apfel’
20.5 x 20 cm
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Jaroslav Rössler
‘Ei mit Eiffelturm’
20.5 x 20 cm
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Jaroslav Rössler
‘Bez názvu / Untitled’
20.5 x 20 cm
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Jaroslav Rössler
‘Bez názvu / Untitled’
20.5 x 20 cm
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Jaroslav Rössler
‘Zátiší s uzávěrem’
20.5 x 20 cm
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Jaroslav Rössler
‘Surimprese jablka’
20.5 x 20 cm
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Jaroslav Rössler
‘Kompozice s ozubeným kolem’
20.5 x 20 cm
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Jaroslav Rössler
20.5 x 20 cm
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Jaroslav Rössler (1902–1990) was one of the most important Czech avant-garde photographers and his work from the first half of the 1920s ranked amongst the earliest and most radical examples of the application of Abstract and Constructivist principles to photography. Rössler started as an assistant to František Drtikol, but quickly abandoned the pictorial style of his renowned teacher and began to focus on minimalist details of actual objects and on geometric paper cut-outs, abstract compositions with shadow and light, inventive photomontages, and Constructivist shots of modern engineering and architecture. In 1923 he was invited to join Devětsil, and thus became the only photographer in the most famous Czech avant-garde group of artists and writers. During his Paris sojourn, 1927–35, he worked in several important studios, mainly making modern photographs for advertisements, while continuing to experiment freely on his own. Later, after a long hiatus, he returned to experimentation in the mid-1950s, and once again contributed to the latest artistic trends in a truly original way. Extract

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Jaroslav Rössler : Abstract Photography (1923 – 1978)

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07
Oct
11

László Moholy-Nagy : Photograms

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“László Moholy-Nagy is a world-famous figure of twentieth-century avant-garde art. His visual art and theoretical works, photographs, films, educational activities and photograms – taken without a camera and now synonymous with his name – were of such significance that it is no exaggeration to say that since Moholy-Nagy, we see things differently; since Moholy-Nagy, our thinking about art has been transformed. His innovations over the decades have become so natural, his influence so pervasive, that we now almost have to rediscover him once again. [Press release from the Ludwig Museum]

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László Moholy-Nagy : George Eastman House

The Moholy-Nagy Foundation

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26
Nov
10

Markus Amm : Photograms

‘untitled’
photogram on fiber based paper
24 x 18 cm
1999

‘untitled’
photogram on fiber based paper
24 x 18 cm
1999

‘untitled’
photogram on fiber based paper
24 x 18 cm
1999

‘untitled’
photogram on fiber based paper
24 x 18 cm
1999

In his Untitled series, Markus Amm revives the technique of the photogram. Pioneered as an art form by Man Ray and Moholy Nagy (the latter of which coined the term “photogram”), the process utilises rudimentary photograph principles: objects are placed on a photosensitive surface, and briefly exposed to light to create an abstracted “x-ray” image, an inverted shadow outline of suggestive form.

Adopting this approach means to literally draw with light, Amm engages with modernist history and contemporary conceptions of space and technology. Presented in small format, Amm’s compositions are compacted micro architectures, his converging luminous geometries give the illusion of space age structures. Amm’s angular patterns are also reminiscent of abstract and cubist paintings. Devoid of colour and mechanically produced, his photos combine the optimism of the avant-garde with an impersonal futuristic aesthetic. [Extract : The Saatchi Gallery]

Markus Amm : David Kordansky Gallery

Markus Amm : The Breeder

Markus Amm : Herald St

31
Oct
10

Ray K. Metzker : Singular Sensations (Collage + Photograms)

Arrestation # 1
Unique collage
15 x 13 inches
2007

Arrestation # 11
Unique collage
15 x 13 inches
2007

Photogram # 63
Unique gelatin silver print
9 x 6 3/4 inches
1996

Photogram # 50
Unique gelatin silver print
19 x 15 3/4 inches
2007

Created in the darkroom from a union of masterful light play and photo chemistry, these painterly images arrest and challenge the viewer’s imagination on a departure from the world of reality. By inventive application of the photographic medium, this current body of work, primarily made without the use of a camera, includes techniques from the foundations of photography – photograms and light drawings. By inverting the process he’s able to extract a unique palette of colors inherent to black and white photography.

Also featured are ‘Arrestations’, a series of collages that are constructed from fragments of exposed photographic paper that are torn and pieced together to create a new and altogether different whole.

In this Rorschach-like world, even small details like the torn edge of a piece of paper play a significant role in the manipulation and creation of light. Some images conjure atmospheric landscapes, some the human figure, while others dwell in pure abstraction; but all embody a sense of movement and play that give each viewer a unique perspective and provide passage on a journey limited only by the viewer’s imagination. [Extract : Laurence Miller Gallery : Singular Sensations: Collage and Photograms]

Ray K. Metzker : Laurence Miller Gallery

Ray K. Metzker : Wanderings Series

Ray K. Metzker : AutoMagic Series

01
Oct
10

Michael Flomen : Photograms

“Seeing light is a metaphor for seeing the invisible in the visible, for detecting the
fragile imaginal garment that holds our planet and all existence together. Once
we have learned to see light, surely everything else will follow.”Arthur Zajonc

Backfield
Teeming Series
Gelatin silver toned print
1999

Starfield
Teeming Series
Gelatin silver toned print
1996

Untitled
Teeming Series
Gelatin silver toned print
2005

Untitled
Teeming Series
Gelatin silver toned print
2005

Two Step
Higher Ground Series
Gelatin silver toned print
2004

Strike
Teeming Series
Gelatin silver toned print
2003

In his large-format, black-and-white photographs, Flomen captivates our optic and draws it toward what is hidden in plain sight, sequestered between darkness and the light. He draws our attention to the liminal spaces that exist between tenses, conditions of matter, and even states of being. By making visible parts of a world previously unseen, even unsuspected by many of us, he places us squarely on the threshold of an ineffable visual space that dwarfs, seduces – and promises to swallow us whole.

We become like little children again, beggars on the precipice of infinity, as we find ourselves standing on the doorstep of the Milky Way galaxy, or squarely ensconced upon a vast ice-age glacier in summer clothing. Whether it’s the mating dance of fireflies, or the metaphorical interaction of “oil” and “water,” or the seeming birth of galaxies somewhere strangely other in the night sky, we’re transported to an arresting elsewhere that remains the everlasting promise of Flomen’s uncompromising abstractions.

Flomen’s series of photograms effortlessly demonstrate once again just how wide the metaphoric reach of his art is. It is all the more remarkable given that he wields no camera, no state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment or magical studio stunts or tricks, only the most inquiring of minds and a savant’s take on the history of photography, both technical and aesthetic, mastered over long years. His photograms, using the unlikeliest of source imagery in order to seize upon those moments in and out of time that seem fraught with all the surreal indeterminacy and ambiguity of the dream, open up new terrain for photographic practice at a time when the digital image enjoys uncontested hegemony. [Extract : A Palimpsest of Pale Fire: The Fabulist Photography of Michael Flomen : James D. Campbell.]

Michael Flomen : Website

Michael Flomen : Hasted Hunt Kraeutler

Michael Flomen : Under the Cover of Darkness : Video

07
Sep
10

Ray K. Metzker : Singular Sensations (Collage + Photograms)


Arrestation # 6
Unique collage
20 x 16 inches
2007


Arrestation # 7
Unique collage
16 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
2007


Arrestation # 8
Unique collage
18 x 15 inches
2007


Photogram # 49
Unique gelatin silver print
19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
2007

Created in the darkroom from a union of masterful light play and photo chemistry, these painterly images arrest and challenge the viewer’s imagination on a departure from the world of reality. By inventive application of the photographic medium, this current body of work, primarily made without the use of a camera, includes techniques from the foundations of photography – photograms and light drawings. By inverting the process he’s able to extract a unique palette of colors inherent to black and white photography.

Also featured are ‘Arrestations’, a series of collages that are constructed from fragments of exposed photographic paper that are torn and pieced together to create a new and altogether different whole.

In this Rorschach-like world, even small details like the torn edge of a piece of paper play a significant role in the manipulation and creation of light. Some images conjure atmospheric landscapes, some the human figure, while others dwell in pure abstraction; but all embody a sense of movement and play that give each viewer a unique perspective and provide passage on a journey limited only by the viewer’s imagination. [Extract : Laurence Miller Gallery : Singular Sensations: Collage and Photograms]

Ray K. Metzker : Laurence Miller Gallery

Ray K. Metzker : Wanderings Series

Ray K. Metzker : AutoMagic Series




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