New work by Sandro Miller!

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Richard Avedon / John Ford, Director, Bel Air, California (April 11, 1972), 2017 © Sandro Miller

You know Illinois native Sandro Miller for his collaboration with John Malkovich to create the homage series Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, which received wide acclaim when it debuted in 2014. The series honors photographs that have impacted Sandro. Pieces include Irving Penn’s photograph of Truman Capote in a corner; Bert Stern’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe; Dorothea Lange’s image of a migrant mother; Richard Avedon’s beekeeper, among many others. The show is still traveling the world and has opened this week in Oslo, where Sandro debuted 20 new homage images: August Saunder’s portraits of 20th-century workers, Man Ray’s surrealist photograph of glass tears, and Richard Avedon’s image of a John Ford, to name a few. Read on for more images and information about the series.

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August Sander / Bricklayer (1928), 2017 © Sandro Miller

At the age of sixteen, upon seeing the work of Irving Penn, Sandro Miller knew he wanted to become a photographer. Mostly self-taught, Sandro relied on books published by many of the great artists canonized in photographic history.  Through their pictures, he learned the art of composition, lighting and portraiture. More than 30 years later, with clients ranging from Forbes, GQ and Esquire, to American Express, Coca-Cola and BMW, Sandro has secured his place as one of the top advertising photographers worldwide.

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Man Ray / Tears (1932), 2017 © Sandro Miller

His success in the commercial world allows him to continue his personal projects, which has included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians, various dance troupes, and extended endeavors with John Malkovich, his long time friend and collaborator. Sandro first met Malkovich in the late 1990s, while working on a job for Steppenwolf Theater. More than 20 years later, Sandro and John are still collaborating.

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Irving Penn / Truman Capote, New York (1965), 2017 © Sandro Miller

In 2013, Sandro decided to do a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted Malkovich, who instantly agreed to participate. When speaking about Malkovich, Sandro states: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.”

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Patrick Demarchelier / Christy Turlington, British VOGUE, New York (1992), 2017 © Sandro Miller

You can see the entire series on our website here.

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Artist Talk with Elizabeth Ernst

We are thrilled to present our first Artist Talk of 2018! In it, Elizabeth Ernst and Catherine discuss how this new work relates to her previous two solo shows at CEG. Hear from the artist about the residents of Shady Grove Nursing Home and see the show, on view through February 24, 2018.

Watch our Vimeo channel for future talks, and catch up by watching Elizabeth’s previous two Artist Talks for Smoke and Mirrors (2010) and Mirror, Mirror (2014).

2017 in review

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

LINKS:
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:

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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.”

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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

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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.

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