New work by Julie Blackmon

 Julie Blackmon shared with us her two newest images: Fake Weather and Trapped.

Fake Weather, 2017

Fake Weather, 2017 © Julie Blackmon

Fake Weather is the more comical of the two, the kids’ faces flaunting Julie’s skill of direction. It’s Christmas in July, or an unseasonably warm winter (not unlike what we experienced in Chicago this year).

Trapped, 2017

Trapped, 2017 © Julie Blackmon

As evidenced by the signs in this garage, Trapped hearkens to the distress felt by much of the country during and after the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Multiple skateboards, an energy drink, and the lone hand etching a lewd word across the door’s four windows hint at the extent to which the current political climate affects even young members of her community.

Those familiar with Julie’s work will recognize the Midwest domesticity as well as her children, siblings’ children, and the children of friends and neighbors. 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 (Radius Books, 2009). 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.

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.

Since 2005, Julie Blackmon has received overwhelming critical acclaim. Her works are part of numerous collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), George Eastman House International Museum of Photography (Rochester, NY), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH), Cleveland Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL). Her newest book Homegrown is available from Radius Books.

Final day of The Photography Show

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Our gallery director Juli and Catherine in our AIPAD booth.

Today is the last day of The Photography Show. We’ve enjoyed being at Pier 94 this week and meeting so many new people. If you haven’t already, stop by our booth, #402, and see photographs from our 15 featured artists. The show will be open until 6 pm EST, and then we pack up for Chicago.

However, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be back in New York City this May for Art New York! Stay tuned for more details as we prepare for our next fair.

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

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD

Wednesday, March 29
Vernissage: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
12:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#AIPAD2017 #ThePhotographyShow @edelmangallery

 

Can’t-miss color at The Photography Show

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Work by Serge Najjar (left) and Liat Elbling (right), with Ysabel LeMay in the background.

It’s the weekend, and there are still two days left at The Photography Show! As you make the rounds, you won’t be able to pass up the color in our booth. Stop by and see our featured artists adept at utilizing color in their photographs.

Kate Breakey
Kate is best known for her large-scale photographic work with birds and flowers that she painstakingly brings back to life with colored pencils. 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.

Liat Elbling
In her series Interactions and Proposals for Disorder, Liat constructs monochromatic, geometric environments to be photographed. Liat states that the final product addresses “perspective, light and shade, examines the relationship between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality, and encounters between materials, colors and textures. I wish to explore of course principles which are prevalent in photography – creating a replica in relation to the original, visual deceptions and disruption of space – but also am fascinated by how we can, briefly, simply, almost just ‘forget’ about the photograph.”

 

Ysabel LeMay
Ysabel’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 creates pieces that vibrate with an intensity often experienced in dreams.

Galaxy, 2016 by Serge Najjar
Galaxy, 2016 © Serge Najjar

Serge Najjar
Five years ago, Serge Najjar started photographing the interaction of people and architecture in his native Beirut, where he also practices law. Influenced by the work of Kazimir Malevich, Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Alexander Rodchenko, Najjar took to the streets, focusing his lens on daily routines: construction workers sitting on a building ledge during lunch break, the sharp lines of a high-rise facade, a man looking out an open window, and children sitting on a windowsill. Whether working in Beirut, Munich or other places he visits, Najjar’s vision is unwavering – to show other people what they may not see themselves.

Holly Roberts
Roberts uses paint to define the photographic image, allowing the brush to guide her through a piece — to move forward while still being led. In 1980, while living on a Zuni reservation in New Mexico, Roberts quietly painted on photographs she had taken of her husband, children, animals and friends. The results of her efforts was startling, as her work was embraced across the country for its innovative style and psychological dramas which confront the anguish, joy, challenges and complexities involved in daily life.

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

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD

Wednesday, March 29
Vernissage: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
12:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#AIPAD2017 #ThePhotographyShow @edelmangallery

Familiar faces at Pier 94

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Jeffrey Wolin stands in front of his work in our booth.
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Catherine discusses Omar Imam’s photographs with a collectors’ group.
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Francesco Pergolesi standing near his framed “Heroes.”

We still have three full days of The Photography Show ahead of us, but we’ve already had the chance to catch up with many artists, collectors, and clients, old and new. It’s always a fun experience to see familiar faces every year. Each of the artists we’re featuring today have a contemporary take on portraiture. Be sure to seem up close and in person at the fair!

Keliy Anderson-Staley
Keliy has been making wet plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes for over a decade. The photographs that make up [Hyphen]-Americans ask that we dispel labels and judgement. She writes: “…although the heritage of each individual might be inferred from assumptions we make about features and costumes, the viewer is encouraged to suspend the kind of thinking that would traditionally assist in decoding these images in the context of American identity politics.”

Dan Estabrook
Dan’s work is at the intersection of yesterday and today. Working with salt prints, calotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, Estabrook creates art that echoes his life, loves, desires and fears. Like many practitioners before him, he turns the camera on himself to make contemporary works inspired by the gap between today’s photographic perfection and the past’s technical limitations. As he states:  “Using 19th-century techniques and celebrating their flaws and failures, I make seemingly anonymous photographs in order to re-imagine a more personal and dream-like history of photography, seen from a 21st-century perspective. With these processes, I can create my own ‘found photos’ – highly personal objects in which to hide my own secrets and stories.”

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Some of Keliy’s and Dan’s pieces alongside Kate Breakey and Laurent Millet.

Jan Kaesbach
For his series People of the 21st Century, Jan Kaesbach creates portraits of tradespeople that resemble contemporary August Sander’s photographs. The artist makes videos that appear static, yet upon closer examination, an eye twitches, a flame flickers or a hand tremors. Each “moving portrait” is made by seamlessly looping 3500 still images, which are then played back at standard film speed. The videos last between 3-4 minutes, creating a tension between the sitter and the artist, as each subject attempts to remain still. These are quiet pieces that allow an intimate interaction with the viewer.

Francesco Pergolesi
Francesco creates photographic tableaus 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. Through Heroes, these sights and smells drive his art-making, as he seeks to preserve the past, before big-box and chain stores arrive. The artist presents his work as traditional photographic prints and as 5 x 7 x 2” / 9 x 12 x 3” photo boxes, lit from within. These small pieces force the viewer to stand inches away, creating an intimate interaction with strangers – it is what inspires Pergolesi every day, as he continues to wander the streets looking for a connection.

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

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD

Wednesday, March 29
Vernissage: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
12:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#AIPAD2017 #ThePhotographyShow @edelmangallery

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Opening night at The Photography Show

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Photo courtesy of Jason Robinette

 

Thank you to everyone who attended opening night of The Photography Show! We had a successful first night of the fair and are looking forward to a busy week here at Pier 94. To plan out your visit, check out Aesthetica Magazine’s AIPAD highlights, including Omar Imam’s Live, Love, Refugee series, on view at booth 402!

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Photo courtesy of Jason Robinette

 

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD

Wednesday, March 29
Vernissage: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
12:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#AIPAD2017 #ThePhotographyShow @edelmangallery

Welcome to The Photography Show

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD, opens today! Below are five of our featured artists and a little about their work. If you’re in New York City, be sure to stop by booth 402 and see it all in person.

Omar Imam
Syrian photographer and refugee Omar Imam collaborated with other refugees in camps across Lebanon to create photographs about the chaos in their homeland. Images from Omar’s  Live, Love, Refugee series, accompanied by the subjects’ stories, will be on view at booth 402 . A set of photographs including the text are also available.

Laurent Millet
Also at AIPAD is a selection of work from Laurent Millet’s solo show Somnium, which is currently on view at the gallery. Somnium features four different series from Millet’s extensive oeuvre. Millet is known for photographing delicate constructions made out of mostly found materials. See images from La Chasse and Les Cabanes at our booth.

La Chasse 14, 2002
Cabane 22, 2002
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Robert and Shana Parkeharrison hung next shelves holding work by Laurent Millet.

Robert and Shana Parkeharrison
The Parkeharrisons have an extensive career of constructing sets and arranging scenes to be photographed. Mankind’s ongoing conflicts with technology and nature are explored in a range of mediums including photogravures and sculpture. Don’t miss seeing “Riverview, 2015” from Robert and Shana’s show Precipice with CEG last year.

Riverview, 2015
Riverview, 2015

Gregory Scott
In both homage to and critique of historical artists, Greg Scott creates humorous, multi-media installations in which he is the subject. Each of his pieces usually include elements of painting, video, and photography, but result in an object that subtly houses them all. His latest piece “Georgia and Alfred, 2016” presents the intertwined relationship between the two artists, as well as how their separate careers are shown in the collections of major institutions. This is one of two pieces by Greg we are showcasing.

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Georgia and Alfred, 2016

Jeffrey Wolin
Jeff is a dedicated photographer and a master printer. We are thrilled to have portraits from his Pigeon Hill, Then & Now project on view; a diptych accompanied by handwritten stories transcribed directly onto the surface of the image. Another of Jeff’s series, Stone Country, is also on view.

Follow along with us this week for coverage of AIPAD 2017, and to see more of the featured artists hanging in booth 402.

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD

Wednesday, March 29
Vernissage: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
12:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#AIPAD2017 #ThePhotographyShow @edelmangallery

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CEG arrives at Pier 94

After two days of installation, our booth is ready for The Photography Show to open! Here are some process shots of our space coming to life at Pier 94. AIPAD 2017 opens tomorrow evening at 5 pm, EST.

The gallery is exhibiting 15 different artists at The Photography Show this year, including a few special projects: photographs from Omar Imam’s Live, Love, Refugee series and Jeff Wolin’s Stone Country portfolio. Follow along here, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for highlights and behind-the-scenes images throughout the week. If you’re in New York, plan your visit here and stop by Booth 402 to see us in person!

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD

Wednesday, March 29
Vernissage: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
12:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm