Artist Talk with Serge Najjar

We are excited about our newest Artist Talk featuring Serge Najjar. In the video, Serge and Catherine discuss his background and what inspires him to photograph buildings in Lebanon. A Closer Look at the Ordinary runs through February 25.

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Serge Najjar Answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions

Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends his interviews with his list of Top 10 Questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same 10 questions to gain insight into their personalities and work!

This week, Serge Najjar answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions!

Galaxy, 2016
Galaxy, 2016
  1. What is your favorite word? Resilience
  1. What is your least favorite word? Impossible
  1. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Light
  1. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Aggressiveness
  1. What sound or noise do you love? Laughter (good)
  1. What sound or noise do you hate? Laughter (bad)
  1. What is your favorite curse word? Va voir si je suis ailleurs (rough translation “Get lost”)
  1. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional ice cream taster
  1. What profession would you not like to do? Anything related to politics
  1. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You made my day

You can see all of Serge’s work on our website or stop by the gallery to see his solo show on view through February 25, 2017!

Breakey and Beltrá Featured at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Today is the final day of  Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary presented by Art Miami. If you haven’t made it to the fair yet, now is your last chance. We are featuring eight incredible photographers in our booth (140) and today we will highlight two of them.

Seven Finches on Yukka, 2014 - 2105 © Kate Breakey
Seven Finches on Yukka, 2014 – 2105 © Kate Breakey

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). In 2014, Breakey turned her focus to the land, and the small details of everyday life: a hummingbird resting on a tree limb, a wilting tulip, figs on a counter, the moon setting over the mountain, trees swaying in the evening dusk. Produced as Orotones (prints made on glass and backed with 23k gold leaf) Breakey creates small objects that command our attention, using an early technique to comment on the beauty, fragility and simplicity of her daily surroundings.

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Kate Breakey’s work on view at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
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Daniel Beltrá’s work on view at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Daniel Beltrá’s Iceland and Greenland work is also on view. Daniel is an aerial and conservation photographer and has been documenting the effects of global warming on our landscape for over two decades.

Iceland 10, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá

To see more work we are exhibiting at the fair, click here.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

825 S. Dixie Highway at Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach
For information: Call (800) 376-5850 or visit artpbfair.com

Download a  complimentary pass
for Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary here.

More Artists Featured at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

We are thrilled to be a part of Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary presented by Art Miami. We are featuring eight incredible photographers in our booth (140). Yesterday we highlighted three of them and today we will focus on three more.

Francesco Pergolesi was raised in Spoleto, a small Italian village filled with artisan shops and small businesses. Now splitting his time between Spoleto and Barcelona, Pergolesi creates photographic tableaux inspired by memories from his past: narrow cobblestone streets, the sound of a hammer coming from the open door of a shoemaker; the smell of fresh bread from a baker, the steady beat of a sewing machine from an open window, the smell of old paper in a used bookstore.

Luna, Barcelona, 2016 © Francesco Pergolesi
Luna, Barcelona, 2016 © Francesco Pergolesi

Floriane deLassée has traveled the world showcasing talents of many people who can carry heavy loads upon their heads. Originally from France, Floriane went to some of the world’s most remote landscapes including East Africa, Ethiopia, and Rwanda in search of subjects for her series, How Much Can You Carry ?.

Aru, Ethiopia, 2012 © Floriane de Lassée
Aru, Ethiopia, 2012 © Floriane de Lassée
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Work by Francesco Pergolesi, Floriane de Lassée and Gregory Scott at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

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. All of the hardware is attached to the inside of the frame, making his works self-contained.

Portraits with Mona, 2015 © Gregory Scott

To see more work we are exhibiting at the fair, click here.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

825 S. Dixie Highway at Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach
For information: Call (800) 376-5850 or visit artpbfair.com

Download a  complimentary pass
for Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary here.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Featured Artists

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary opens to the public today and we are thrilled to be a part of this new fair presented by Art Miami. We are featuring eight incredible photographers in our booth (140) and today we will highlight three of them.

Liat Elbling graduated with Honors from the Department of Photography at the Minshar School of Art and has since been working full-time as an artist in Tel Aviv, Israel. A rising star in the fine art photography field, Liat’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, among them the Haifa Museum, Ramat Gan Museum, Indie Gallery, Beztalel Academy of Art Gallery and most notably, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art after receiving the prestigious Leon Constantiner Prize for an Israeli photographer.

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Liat’s work in our booth at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

“My works touch and generate discussions in different disciplines and delve into subjects that preoccupy me: architecture and its components, as well as the notion of “home”, have a predominant presence in my works, at times in its mental and emotional connotations, and other times through the examination of its graphic boundaries, its manifestation in a new space.”

Through, 2015 © Liat Elbling
Through, 2015 © Liat Elbling

Ysabel LeMay found photography 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.

Ysabel’s work in our booth at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
Cosmea, 2016 © Ysabel LeMay
Cosmea, 2016 © Ysabel LeMay

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison 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.

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The ParkeHarrison’s work in our booth at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
First of May, 2015 © Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
First of May, 2015 © Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison

To see more work we are exhibiting at the fair, click here.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

825 S. Dixie Highway at Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach
For information: Call (800) 376-5850 or visit artpbfair.com

Download a  complimentary pass
for Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary here.

 

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Opens Tonight

The By-invitation VIP Preview benefiting the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is from 5 – 9 p.m. tonight. CEG is very excited to be a part of this new fair presented by Art Miami! Below are some install pictures of our Booth 140.  palmbeach06palmbeach01palmbeach02 palmbeach03  palmbeach07 palmbeach08 palmbeach09

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

825 S. Dixie Highway at Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach
For information: Call (800) 376-5850 or visit artpbfair.com

Download a  complimentary pass
for Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary here.

 

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).

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.