New work from Jack Spencer

Somewhere along the back roads of small towns dotting the American landscape is Jack Spencer, a self-taught photographer, capturing the country and those he finds within it. Throughout his travels, Spencer looks for the unexpected, waiting patiently for images to emerge.

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Two Wild Horses, Cumberland Island, 2007 © Jack Spencer

Driving through forgotten towns, lush bayous, overgrown cotton fields and visiting weathered porches filled with the sound of authentic country blues, Spencer watches and listens, always looking for that one moment, interaction or ray of light that inspires him to take a picture. His photographs illuminate a singular mood, person or place, exposing us to the raw beauty etched into the faces and landscapes in the South, as he returns time and again to his subjects, peeling away layers, offering us a glimpse at another facet of their character.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 2016 © Jack Spencer

From the moss hanging on Cypress trees in Tomotley, South Carolina, to the crumbling ruins of an old church, or an abandoned tire swing swaying in a humid breeze, Spencer’s work emanates with the heat of a southern summer where everything grows like wildfire and the air feels like an extension of your skin.

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Miscanthus, Iowa, 2008 © Jack Spencer

These are but a few of Spencer’s most notable images from Native Soil, his first monograph, which solidified his place as one of the most gifted photographers working today. Whether photographing people or the landscape, Spencer manages to draw us in, searching for stories in the silhouettes of children on a beach or the haunting eyes of an older man staring directly into the camera. In his latest book This Land; An American Portrait, similar stories are being told. The photographer broadens his scope, invoking imagery from New England cityscapes to coastal towns in California, and most everywhere in between.

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The River Rouge, Dearborn, Michigan, 2016 © Jack Spencer

Whether traveling the roads of Louisiana, New Mexico, or Montana, Jack Spencer is on an endless quest for beauty — to capture small moments and freeze them for all to wander into. It is here, within his images, that we grasp his magic, as each image reveals its own meaning. Spencer is an artist whose vision is unquestionable, as is his commitment.

Two new artists added to the Chicago Project!

We are excited to have two new artists join the Chicago Project: Freddy Fabris and Natasha Spencer!

Freddy Fabris

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Still Life 2, 2015 © Freddy Fabris

New York, 1970, Freddy Fabris was born into an artistic environment as the progeny of two dancers and choreographers at the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center–his father, a Martha Graham student from Argentina and his mother, a french ballet dancer that debuted at the Opera of Paris at age 16.

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The Creation of Adam, 2015 © Freddy Fabris

From an early age he was exposed to the most dynamic period of post modern artistic development in modern history to include de Kooning, Warhol, and Rothko. Years later he moved with his parents to Buenos Aires, where he developed his voice as a visual artist.

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The Book, 2015 © Freddy Fabris

In 2010, he relocated back to the US, this time to Chicago.

His latest conceptual work, The Renaissance Series, incorporates the fusing together of the contemporary “everyman” with some of the most recognized masterpieces from the Renaissance and the Dutch masters. Bringing a unique perspective to his craft and composition, Fabris breathes life into every one of his photographs, creating modern day masterpieces. There is a polished elegance and nobility present among so many of his subjects, bringing about the virtue in each individual captured.

Natasha Spencer

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The Saddest, Little Ghost, 2015 © Natasha Spencer

Natasha Spencer is an interdisciplinary, American artist. Her digital work has screened in film, video, and new media venues across the country and abroad. Her audio piece, “The House She Flew In On”, is included on the compilation CD, “Extracted Celluloid”, produced by Illegal Art, Negativland, and RtMark, and has aired on the John Peel’s Show, Radio 1, BBC, London. In 2002 she was awarded a residency at The Wexner Center for the Arts Video Lab where she completed “The House She Flew In On : The Video” and “Somewhere”. Natasha received a 2004 Fellowship in the Media Arts from the Illinois Arts Council and an Illinois Art Council Fellowship in the Visual Arts in 1999. Additionally, she is archived at the The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Natasha currently works and resides in Chicago, IL.

Visual Improv: When materials in an environment interplay in such a way that they allow everyday scenes to be framed as culture narratives; What went unnoticed is now obvious as a found object. Each photograph is a document of such observations

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Clownfish Stripes, Postmortem, 2015 © Natasha Spencer

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The Chicago Project is an online gallery initiative by Catherine Edelman Gallery, devoted to new and established photographers in the Chicago area, who we feel deserve recognition. It is our hope to expose local talent to a wider audience and we plan on adding photographers as we find them. If you are interested in learning more about the Chicago Project or would like information on how to submit, click HERE.

 

 

Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline – Fabian Schubert

We are thrilled to feature the work of our new Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist Fabian Schubert. Schubert’s images are on view through September 1, 2017

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In the Elbe Sandstone Mountains I, 2014 © Fabian Schubert

Fabian Schubert (b. 1974 Krefeld, Germany) lives in Berlin and works as a photo and video artist. His work covers an array of techniques and styles ranging from portrait, landscape and still life photography to fictional and documentary videos; herewith developing individual image concepts for an artistic purpose as well as for editorial and commercial use. He studied Photography and History, Japanese history in Berlin.

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In the Zillertaler Alps I, 2009 © Fabian Schubert

Self-Portrait Landscape
The ongoing series Self-Portrait Landscape is collaboration between photographer Fabian Schubert and artist Hank Schmidt in der Beek. It is a conceptual and visual reflection about the picture-in-picture, a painting artist in the picture, a once painted landscape in the picture and a painted pattern of a shirt as a picture. With this series, Schubert and Schmidt in der Beek are seeking out the plein-air locations of Cézanne, C.D. Friedrich, Gauguin, Hockney, Hodler, Kandinsky, Marc, Monet, Münter and others.

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At the beach of Etretat, 2013 © Fabian Schubert

LINKS:
Fabian’s website
The Guardian
Booooooom.com
Huffington Post

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Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an exciting venture at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, CEG introduces Chicagoans to new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended — in print.

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Final day of Art New York!

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We’ve had a great week at Art New York so far. Today is the last day to visit, and if you haven’t come by booth B203, you should – we have so much to show you! We are exhibiting the work of Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Omar Imam, Laurent Millet, Serge Najjar, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Francesco Pergolesi and Gregory Scott. The fair is open until 6 pm EST.

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to see a complete list of all our featured artists.

Art New York presented by Art Miami
Booth B203

Sunday, May 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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More featured artists at Art New York!

There are still two more days of Art New York at Pier 94! If you have not yet visited us at booth B203, make sure to stop by before 8 pm tonight, or 6 pm tomorrow, EST. We are featuring the work of some amazing artists, four of which physically construct what they photograph. Their processes span elaborate set design, painstaking digital collage, and arranged found materials.

Clarissa Bonet
In 2014, Bonet embarked on her second ongoing project, Stray Light, which looks at the anonymity of people in their homes at night. The artist photographs once the sun sets, capturing the colorful glows from hotel and apartment windows. Back in her studio, she carefully constructs each image from multiple photographs, transforming the urban cityscape into a constellation, as the mind tries to organize the information presented. Ultimately, the viewer is left dazzled by the glow emanating from windows that fill the city skies, much like the stars do on a clear night, far away from the lights of an urban landscape.

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SL.2016.0215 NYC, 2016 © Clarissa Bonet

 

Laurent Millet
For more than twenty years, Laurent Millet has channeled his innate curiosity to create photographs that question the way objects appear within space and time. Citing R. Buckminster Fuller and Denis Diderot among his influences, Millet creates an artistic vocabulary through metal wire, vineyard posts and barrel hoops – objects prevalent in the coastal town of France in which he resides. His 1997 series, Petites Machines Littorales, addressed his surroundings, as he transformed the sea into a place for scientific experimentation, creating contraptions that suggest a way to measure water or listen to fish. These “machines” invite curiosity and questions, much like a child experimenting in a science lab.

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Petite Machine Littorale du 13 mai II, 1997 © Laurent Millet

In his 2000 series Les Cabanes, Millet continues to build structures in the water, yet this time they appear to be bridges, ladders, architectural pieces and fences, suggesting a relationship between water and sky. The 2002 series, La Chasse, features objects that could be used to trap, to capture that which is hard to contain. And finally, in his 2014/15 series, Somnium, the artist photographed himself with geometric objects, polyhedra, that he fabricated. These images seem paranormal yet familiar, as the artist engages with objects hovering in the air, recording his encounter.

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Somnium, 2015 © Laurent Millet

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Much has been written about Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, the husband and wife duo who met as students in New Mexico. She was studying dance and metalsmithing, while he was focused on photography. Within a few years of graduating, they gained instant recognition for their collaborative works that presented constructed and choreographed scenarios about mans effect on the landscape.

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Logic of Spring, 2015 © Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

Creating a genre unique within the photo world, the ParkeHarrisons construct fantasies in the guise of environmental performances for their Everyman – a man dressed in a black suit and starched white shirt – who interacts with the earths landscape. Tapping into their surreal imagination, the artists combine elaborate sets (which can take months to construct) and an impeccable sense of wit and irony, to address issues about the earth and mankind’s responsibility to heal the damage he has done to its landscape.

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Riverview, 2015 © Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

Their newest series, Precipice, combines their love of theater and performance. In each image, we see a man bearing witness to his own desires and struggles. By creating environments specifically to photograph, the artists address issues about the earth and our responsibility to heal the damage we’ve created, while investigating the human condition. This ideology has remained a constant, and is why they are so greatly admired. As the artists state: “The stage offers endless narrative possibilities and favors contradictions – hope and despair, desire and failure… to explore the fragile human condition, and the overarching shadow of environmental destruction. Perhaps the only true hope for our world and our human spirit rests in our ability to imagine.”

Gregory Scott
Gregory Scott has always blurred the lines between painting and photography. In 2008, upon receiving a Master of Fine Art from Indiana University, Gregory Scott stunned the art world with his mixed-media video works that combined installation, photography, performance, video and painting. As more and more artists blur the lines between medias, Scott has taken the idea to a whole new level, presenting video-based wall pieces that are humorous and poignant, contemplative yet accessible.

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Hirst-O-Matic, 2016 © Gregory Scott

Gregory Scott builds sets in his studio that serve as his subject. In these sets, he records himself performing a variety of scenarios that are then edited into 6-10 minute videos. The sets are then photographed, and the resulting wall piece is a mounted photograph with a cut out for a monitor on which a video plays, and a painted element appears on the photographic surface. In each video, he shows how he constructed the set that he photographed, breaking down the barrier between maker and viewer. All of the hardware is attached to the inside of the frame, making his works self-contained.


Click here
to see a complete list of all our featured artists.

Art New York presented by Art Miami
Booth B203

Thursday, May 4 through Saturday, May 6
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#ArtNewYork #Pier94 @edelmangallery

Download a complimentary pass here.