Follow along with us this week on Cyclopsblog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for highlights and behind-the-scenes images from London! Plan your visit to the fair here, and be sure to visit booth G15! Stateside viewers can also see the booth in full on our website here.
May 16 – 20, 2018
Catherine Edelman Gallery is pleased to be back this year at Photo London! Photo London brings together the world’s leading galleries in a major international photography fair to exhibit the most innovative emerging artists, new work by established masters, and rare vintage pieces. All combined with an innovative public program supported by the LUMA Foundation. The fair is open May 17 – 20, 2018 , with an invitation-only preview tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16 from 11:00 – 9:00 p.m. We are pleased to be featuring the work of Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Omar Imam, Michael Koerner, Ysabel LeMay, Laurent Millet, Francesco Pergolesi, and Gregory Scott.
Installation is wrapping up! Stay tuned for final images of our booth ahead of the VIP preview. Follow along with us this week on Cyclopsblog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for highlights and behind-the-scenes images from London! Plan your visit to the fair here, and be sure to visit booth G15! Stateside viewers can also see the booth in full on our website here.
May 16 – 20, 2018
Catherine Edelman Gallery is pleased to present Kelly Catarino, our current Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist! It was a joy for us to watch this exhibition grow day by day last week. The artist’s photographs and immersive installation will be on view through July 7, 2018.
Kelly Catarino (b. 1996, CT) is a photographer currently based in Chicago, IL. Her practice uses collage techniques to explore constructed landscapes, perception, and the space between virtual and physical space. She is pursuing her BFA (2018) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
From the artist: “Garden is an ongoing series that examines the site of the garden and its relationship to construction, escapism, and the desire to feel connected with nature. I use collage as a strategy for imagining constructed landscapes through its ability to simultaneously collapse time, space, and place. My photographs are multi-dimensional amalgamations that mix personal photographs, stock photography, and fake plants to play with variations in resolution between a multitude of images and image sources. These constructions play on photography’s ability to act as both mirror and mediator by creating a hyper-saturated world that attempts to blur the line between reality and fiction.”
Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an initiative at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, Ctrl+P provides further exposure for 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.
Catherine Edelman Gallery is pleased to present, Tableaux, the second solo exhibition by Italian photographer, Francesco Pergolesi (b. 1975, Venice). The show opens May 4 and runs through July 7, 2018.
There will be an opening reception tomorrow, May 4, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The artist will be in attendance.
Two years ago marked the American debut of work by photographer Francesco Pergolesi, who was raised in Spoleto, an Italian village filled with artisan shops and small businesses. His past exhibition, Heroes, featured work inspired by the people and places from his childhood that are slowly disappearing: the watchmaker fixing old time pieces; the frame shop where hand-milled frames line the walls; and the local cobbler whose walls are covered with leather hides. Working in collaboration with the shopkeepers, Pergolesi presents narratives that honor the past, while preserving the present. Work from Heroes is presented as small boxes lit from within by a LED light. New pieces from this series will be on display.
Tableaux continues his commitment to the people living in small towns in Italy, where human relationships are still the center of daily life. In Pergolesi’s newest series, he focuses his attention on the work surfaces that bear the markings and history of time. This can be seen in photographs of mathematical calculations, assorted tools used for framing, leather remnants discarded on the floor, and a paint splattered table that looks like a modern day Jackson Pollack. As he states:
“Tableaux is a project dedicated to the worktables of artists and artisans… Every table is a canvas generated unconsciously, thanks to the traces of daily work. The material is the tangible representation of memory… every detail becomes magnified, emphasizing the worth and uniqueness of the artisan’s work. The worktable is a reliable place, an esoteric shelter where day after day, year after year, generations repeat skillful gestures, generating ideas and solutions. It is a place where one puts together and transforms materials.”
Tableaux marks the artist’s foray into different ways of presentation, displaying the works as large scale mounted photographs and memory boxes. Upon entering the gallery, the viewer sees 21-12, a photograph of watch parts and gears, scattered on a workbench. On a pedestal sits a linen box that when opened, contains photographs along with objects from the artisan’s shop, creating a memory of the person and place depicted. Through these new pieces, Pergolesi honors the skill and labor slowly losing ground to automation.
Francesco Pergolesi sees himself as a guardian of a vanishing world where people congregate to talk about families and daily activities. Every Hero unearths a person from his past… and every photograph becomes a new theater set, inspiring him every day, as he continues to wander the streets looking for a connection
With support from the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.
CEG is excited to announce our latest addition to The Chicago Project, Barbara Diener! Born in Germany in 1982, Barbara Diener received her Bachelor of Fine Art in photography from the California College of the Arts and Masters in Fine Art in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Diener received critical acclaim for her series Sehnschut, and recently debuted a book of her newest series Phantom Power at Daylight Book‘s AIPAD 2018 booth.
From the artist: “In my previous body of work, Sehnsucht, I photographed in small, rural towns that triggered childhood memories. During that process I met and became fascinated with a woman named Kathy. She owns the diner in her town and lives on her husband’s family farm, which is haunted by his ancestors. Her belief in the spectral sparked my own interest in the unexplained and ties back to my ongoing curiosity about religion, spirituality and the human desire to believe that something else happens after we die and that a part of us–the spirit or soul–continues on.
“The camera is a crucial tool for most paranormal investigators, so it was a natural step for me to become an amateur ghost hunter myself. Photography has been linked to the spirit world since the 1860s with the popularity of spirit photography and post-mortem portraits. Since its invention photography has lent a sense of immortality to its subjects. In recent years the paranormal has received amplified media attention through numerous ‘reality’ television programs that sensationalize any phenomena for the camera. On the contrary my approach is self-reflective and curious. To make the resulting images I have adopted both traditional and contemporary methods of capturing the invisible, as well as employed my own interpretation of the magical and mystical.”
Diener’s work has been exhibited at Alibi Fine Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, David Weinberg Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, Griffin Museum of Photography, Invisible Dog Gallery, Lillstreet Art Center, Riverside Art Center, Pingyao Photo Festival, The Arcade, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Darkroom Gallery, and Project Basho among others. Diener’s photographs are part of several private and institutional collections including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
The artist has participated in highly ambitious artist residency programs, including the Fields Project in Oregon, IL and ACRE in Steuben, WI, as well as HATCH Projects 2015-2016 through the Chicago Artist Coaltition.
Diener is a winner of Flash Forward 2013, the recipient of a Follett Fellowship at Columbia College Chicago and was awarded the Albert P. Weisman Award in 2012 and 2013. In addition, Diener received an Individual Artist Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Events in 2015. She is the Collection Manager in the Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches photography at Oakton Community College and at the School of the Art Institute.
See more of Barbara Diener’s work on the Chicago Project website here.
TheChicago 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.
Catherine Edelman Gallery is excited to announce our newest represented artist, Garrett O. Hansen! You may recall seeing Garrett’s Chicago-specific work titled Memorial, as well as his Silhouettes series of laser-cut mirrors in our summer 2017 exhibition, Targeted. Garrett O. Hansen (b. 1979, NYC) graduated from Grinnell College, where he studied economics and political science. He completed his MFA in photography at Indiana University and has taught at several universities in the United States and in Asia; he is now an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Kentucky. Garrett has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, and Japan.
“Roughly 40% of US households have a gun and there are enough guns – approximately 300 million – to arm nearly every man, woman, and child in the country.”
At the core of The Void series is a desire to consider these facts and to create a set of images that speaks to their implications. Each of the images is created from individual bullet holes. While shooting is fundamentally a destructive act, by bringing these holes into the darkroom, enlarging them and then processing and printing the results, the artist is able to balance this destruction with creation. The viewer is presented with images that speak to the sublime – they are both attractive and terrifying at the same time. In many ways this reflects our own opinions of guns in America, a country where the debate between rights and controls continues to rage.
While The Void series deals with the power of the single bullet, the Silhouette series engages the broader culture of guns in America. Garrett visits a local gun range and collect the cardboard backings that are used behind their standard target. The targets depict an unarmed man’s silhouette, a highly common target throughout civilian and police gun ranges. Each shooter is presented with a fresh target, while the backings slowly erode from the thousands of rounds shot at the unarmed man. The groupings that one most often sees are in the chest and head areas. The artist collects the pieces of cardboard and bring them into the darkroom, where he makes full sized contact prints of them. These prints are then scanned and form the basis for the final pieces. The final pieces are made of mirrored plexiglass and are one-to-one replicas of the original cardboard backings. As viewers approach the piece, they see their own reflections hollowed out by the countless bullets.
The third component to this ongoing project is comprised of bullets that have been collected from gun ranges. Each bullet, sculpted by impact with a ballistic steel wall, takes on a dramatic new form. The contorted shapes speak to the inherent violence in shooting and the transformation of each fired bullet from a sleek projectile into a twisted shard of lead. As with The Void series, this work deals with the complex connections between destruction and creation.
Memorial, Chicago, 2016 (April)
Memorial, Chicago, 2016 (June)
Memorial, Chicago, 2016 (October)
The latest component to this ongoing series is entitled Memorial. Each piece documents gun deaths in a particular place and for a particular length of time. The first incarnation of this work entitled Memorial – Kentucky, 2016 is comprised of twelve panels. Each panel represents a single month in Kentucky and records every homicide involving a gun that occurred during that month. This work acknowledges and lays bare the heavy price of having a heavily armed civilian population.
You can read an in-depth article about Garrett from the The Trace in conjunction with Targeted, and watch Catherine speak with Garrett in his July 2017 Artist Talk below.