Posts Tagged ‘still lifes

17
Nov
10

David C. Halliday : “Box Series” (Photography)

Halliday’s primary subjects are carefully-composed still lifes, portraits, and landscapes which he shoots in black and white film with only natural light. He is a purist behind the lens, rarely manipulating his negatives in any way and a master in the darkroom. His work has an ethereal quality that’s translated not only through the subject, but also by the warm sepia tones he uses in his printing.

‘Lemon’
sepia-toned silver gelatin photograph
9 x 9 inches
2000

‘Eggs’
sepia-toned silver gelatin photograph
9 x 9 inches
2000

‘Chestnuts’
sepia-toned silver gelatin photograph
9 x 9 inches
2000

‘Chamomile’
sepia-toned silver gelatin photograph
9 x 9 inches
2000

‘Peach & Blackberries’
sepia-toned silver gelatin photograph
9 x 9 inches
2000

‘Truffles & Cheese’
sepia-toned silver gelatin photograph
9 x 9 inches
2000

David Halliday sets himself apart from the bulk of contemporary photographic practice in several ways. Along with Aaron Rose and Sally Mann, he is one of the art photographers to have resisted adopting the new digital technology that produces instant color images. He develops his silver gelatin prints by hand, and his only technical departure from the standard black-and-white approach is to tone his pictures with sepia. Doing so connects him with the Photo-Secession movement launched by Alfred Stieglitz just over a century ago, when, in a different context, photographers with serious artistic goals tried to distinguish their work from aesthetically deficient examples of photography dominating the market in that day. Stieglitz’s associates were also trying to equal or surpass the quality of turn-of-the-century painting, which, in 1905, meant avoiding the documentary, signboard realism characteristic of most non-portrait photography of the era immediately preceding them. They wanted to prove that photography was indeed an art, and that its images could embody qualities of design and subtle evocation as successfully as Impressionist painting did. [Extract : Mutual Regard : by Alfred Corn]

David Halliday : Website

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David Halliday : Arthur Roger Gallery

06
Sep
10

Peri Schwartz : Painter

Peri Schwartz is a New York based artist, her paintings, prints and drawings are
said to blend realism and abstraction with predominating angles, shapes and lines.

Studio X
Oil on canvas
62 x 40 in
2006

Studio XI
Oil on canvas
54 x 42 in
2006

Studio IX
Oil on canvas
60 x 40 in
2005

Studio XVII
Oil on canvas
54 x 46 in
2007

Studio XII
Oil on canvas
52 x 40 in
2006

The still lifes and studio interiors that Peri Schwartz created for “Reflections” are not simple, static arrangements of inanimate objects. Rather, they are thoughtful works in which all compositional elements have been actively analyzed for their formal relationships; this includes color and natural and reflected light. These deliberations are part of a process in which the artist confronts the challenges involved in creating and exploiting pictorial space. To understand these problems, she also engages in a discourse with the great artists of the western tradition of art, examining and replicating works by such artists as Rembrandt, Velazquez and Degas.

Often she even employs a grid technique, not only to copy their paintings, but also to obtain correct proportions and balanced compositions of her own. In this way, she brings into play many of the traditional techniques used by artists to describe objects and locate them in the illusionistic space of the picture plane. Yet, the results of her process of breaking down, analyzing, and altering space, form, and light creates a tension between realistic image and abstract form that is completely modern.

[Extract : Essay by Lulan Yu for Reflections Exhibition Catalog, Page Bond Gallery, March 2010]

Peri Schwartz : Website




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