2017 in review

Catherine on December 1, the gallery’s 30-year anniversary.

CEG would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope you have a fun-filled celebration ringing in 2018! We wanted to take a moment and highlight some of our gallery artists’ accomplishments from the past year.


Keliy installing one of her walls of portraits.
  • Ysabel LeMay had her first museum show at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey:
  • Daniel Beltrá gave a keynote presentation at WildSpeak 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Photo by the International League of Conservation Photographers.
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Installation view of Clarissa’s work at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin.
Bettina with Harriet and Hercules, from her series of dog portraits.
  • Lastly, these spectacular pieces were acquired for public collections all across the country!

Thanks for following along with us on the blog! We look forward to sharing more with you in the new year!




Natasha Spencer added to the Chicago Project!

We are excited to have a new artist join the Chicago Project: Natasha Spencer! The following are a few of Natasha’s images and her artist statement. You can see more of her work on our website here.

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 observation taken without further manipulation on my part, during the comings-and-goings of the day.

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Clownfish Stripes, Postmortem, 2015 © Natasha Spencer


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.




Preparing for AIPAD 2017

Once again, our gallery team is in the midst of art fair preparation–this time for The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD.

Now held at Pier 94, the show has been relocated to enable flexibility and growth for all presenters. The Association of International Photography Art Dealers has enlisted top artists, curators, and galleries from around the world to speak and exhibit during the fair’s four days. As quoted in Photograph Mag: “We’re looking forward to a more comprehensive and educational experience that the large space at the Pier affords AIPAD. Not only can dealers showcase larger works and a more critical curated booth, but we have plenty of space for the AIPAD Talks, book dealers, a bistro, and bar with lots of seating, a charging station, champagne bar, coffee bar, a special projection on the Pier front doors, and three special exhibitions from noted collectors.”

Visit us in booth 402! But before we get there, take a look at the packing process from inside our viewing-room-turned-storage-space for the day.

AIPAD public hours:

Wednesday, March 29: Vernissage
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday, March 30 – April 1
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 2 
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline – Alexander Khokhlov

We are excited to feature the work of Alexander Khokhlov as the next Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist. Khokhlov’s photographs are on view through February 25, 2017!screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-4-31-56-pm

Weird Beauty and 2D or not 2D series
My first experience with face-art was in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I had the idea of a whole project – a monochromatic series of portraits which combined graphics, shapes and optical illusions. The Weird Beauty series is a mixture of aesthetic beauty photography with recognizable forms and logos. In 2013, I continued the theme of face transformations inspired by color pop-art posters, the result is 2D or not 2D. The goal of this series was to make the model’s face absolutely “flat” like two-dimensional pictures using only make-up and light.

Alexander Khokhlov was born in Calcutta, India, on May 9, 1982. He is now based in Moscow and works with his wife Veronica. Alexander started photography in 2008 as a commercial studio photographer. His experiments with beauty portraits and art resulted in the acclaimed series Weird Beauty and 2D or not 2D made in 2012 and 2013.

The art-photography that he creates is always based on people transformation. In Alexander’s works the human identity takes a back seat, and the models are used as canvases for well-known shapes to trick your eyes. Each project is a huge team work, a great game with words, imagination and illusions. Of course, it is also a game with the audience.

In 2015 and 2016 Alexander received several awards: 25th Trierenberg Super Circuit (Gold Medal, Weird Beauty series), One Eyeland Photography Awards (Silver Medal, Shapes and Illusions series), Neutral Density Photography Awards 2015 (Bronze Medal, Shapes and Illusions series), International Photography Awards 2015 (Honorable Mention, Shapes and Illusions series).

Alexander Khokhlov’s website
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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.

Inside the Artist Studio with Kate Breakey

While photographers engage with new technologies and new means of presentation, many artists working today still incorporate historical techniques in their work. Our current show Today is History brings together three artists who work with 19th / 20th c. processes to talk about present day concerns.

Kate Breakey (B. 1957 Adelaide, South Australia) is best known for her large-scale photographic work with birds and flowers that she painstakingly brings back to life with colored pencils. These pieces can be seen in two monographs, Small Deaths (2001) and Flowers/Birds (2003).

A few years ago, she became interested in the science of gold, especially astrophysics and this was the beginning her new series, Golden Stardust. Kate creates Orotones (prints made on glass and backed with 23k gold leaf) of small objects that command our attention, using an early technique to comment on the beauty, fragility and simplicity of her daily surroundings.

Here is a glimpse into her studio and working process:

Kate is photographing in her studio
Kate is photographing in her studio

Most photographers have seen Orotones – first made in the early 20th century by, amongst others, Arthur Pillsbury and Edward Curtis. Curtis developed this technique because he wanted his photographs to have more depth and they certainly do, they glow. I was struck by the beauty, brightness and the depth created by the light bouncing off the gold. So a few years ago I decided to do a modern version of the Orotone. I had an image printed digitally on UV ‘Art glass’ and I applied gold-leaf to the back of it. I’ve since make over 200 pieces.”

Kate is rolling out goldleaf in her studio
Kate is rolling out gold leaf in her studio

The images I select are from many places, times and even images from past bodies of work. I shoot all the time, wherever I go, often without anything in mind except to document my life and my observations. Because I get so busy with my large and often labor intensive hand-colored work, I have had to ‘file’ most of my negatives and so I had forgotten about many of these images that I’m just now rediscovering. It’s been very satisfying to give older images a new life. This work is quite eclectic because the selection includes, classical still life, landscapes, nudes, as well as all my various biological series (animals and flowers), but combined they make for a visual diary of a lifetime of ‘looking’. The gold leaf, unifies it all, makes each image ’precious’ and preserves the memory of the occasion of making the original image. Memories that now glow and shine after being for so long forgotten.” Kate Breakey


Kate Breakey’s Golden Stardust photographs are currently on view in the gallery through December 31. You can see more of Kate Breakey’s work on our website.




Fantasy and Reality Get Mixed at Art Miami

Today we share the work of Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison and Julie Blackmon. The long represented artists combine reality and fantasy in their staged photographs to invite us into their special world. Come and get lost with us at booth B300 in their unique imagery.

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

The husband and wife duo gained recognition for their collaborative works that presented constructed and choreographed scenarios about mans effect on the landscape. More than twenty years later, the artists are still dedicated to the environment, showing us the power of nature, and the effect our actions have on it. 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.

Downpour, 2015 @ Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Downpour, 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. This can be seen time and again in the nine pieces in this series. In Downpour, 2015  we see a man balanced on a ladder, creating the sky, only to lose grip on his tools which fall to the ground. In all of these majestic photographs, the environment is larger than man, reminding the viewer that we need to listen, pay attention and care for our surroundings. As the artists state:

Rich colors and surrealistic imagery merge to reveal the poetic roots of the works on display.  The use of color is intentional but abstract; proportion and space are compositional rather than natural; movement is blurred; objects and people juxtaposed as if by chance in a visual improvisation that unfolds choreographically.  At once formally arresting and immeasurably loaded with sensations—this work attempts to provide powerful impact both visually and viscerally.”  – Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

Logic of Spring, 2015 @ Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Logic of Spring, 2015 @ Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

Watch this Artist Talk with Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison discussing their latest series Precipice.


Julie Blackmon

Julie Blackmon’s images of her children, nieces, nephews and friends, have transfixed the art world. Blackmon, herself the oldest of nine children, balances her role as a mother of three and an artist, referencing family life and the circumstances it creates. Chaos, disorder, fantasies, social gatherings, game playing, all of these scenarios continue to dominate Blackmon’s work, which we first witnessed in her series, Domestic Vacations. Elegance, triumphs, dangers and solace mix with fantasy, where nothing is quite as it seems. Like Alice in her wonderland, Blackmon’s children appear in reality and fantasy, engrossed in their fictitious worlds.

Pool, 2015 @ Julie Blackmon
Pool, 2015 @ Julie Blackmon

 We live in a culture where we are both ‘child-centered’ and ‘self-obsessed’. As an artist and as a mother, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality: to see the mythic amidst the chaos.” – Julie Blackmon


Laying Out, 2015 @ Julie Blackmon
Laying Out, 2015 @ Julie Blackmon

Influenced by Jan Steen and 17th c. Dutch paintings, Blackmon also credits Edward Gorey, Tim Burton and Federico Fellini, who stated, “the things that are most real to me are the ones that I invented…even lies are interesting, eloquent and revealing, just as much as what is considered the truth.” By looking at her family through the lens of fiction, Blackmon reveals her own truth and one that seems to resonate with audiences’ worldwide.

To see more images by Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison and Julie Blackmon, visit our website.

The last day of Art Miami is approaching, but you still have time to visit our booth B300. We are looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

Download a complimentary pass for Art Miami on our website here.

November 29 – December 4, 2016
The Art Miami Pavilion
Midtown | Wynwood Arts District
3101 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137



New work by Gregory Scott and Ysabel LeMay

Today we continue to introduce the artists we are featuring at Art Miami booth B300. In this post you can read about Ysabel LeMay and Gregory Scott. Both artists have new work premiering at Art Miami!

Ysabel LeMay

Quebec born Ysabel LeMay found photography later in life, after a successful career working as a graphic artist for prominent advertising agencies. Seeking greater fulfillment, she turned to painting, and in 2002, left the corporate world to pursue painting full time. Eight years later, she turned her attention to photography, garnering significant success in a few short years. Combining her technical expertise with her painterly eye, LeMay creates photographs that challenge our perception of the landscape.

Nebula, 2016 © Ysabel LeMay

Lemay’s technique is very straightforward, yet extremely time consuming. She photographs flora, birds, tree limbs, flowers, and anything else she finds along her daily walks. Once back in the studio, she assembles all her files into her computer and starts layering images, using hundreds of individual files to construct each final photograph. Balancing color, light and subject, Ysabel LeMay creates pieces that vibrate with an intensity often experienced in dreams. She achieves this effect by painting the background of her photographs similarly to our other artist, Gregory Scott. At Art Miami you can see her pieces from the series Gracia.

Cosmea, 2016
Cosmea, 2016 © Ysabel LeMay

Gregory Scott

In 2008, 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 media, Scott has taken the idea to a whole new level, presenting video-based wall pieces that are humorous and poignant, contemplative yet accessible.

Georgia and Alfred, 2016 © Gregory Scott
Georgia and Alfred, 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.


To see more work from our booth, please visit our website!

Download a complimentary pass for Art Miami on our website here.

November 29 – December 4, 2016
The Art Miami Pavilion
Midtown | Wynwood Arts District
3101 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137