Helen K. Garber: Encaustic Noir
Brassai and Other Vintage Noir Photographers

Helen K. Garber: Encaustic Noir
Brassai and Other Vintage Noir Photographers

Saturday, January 14, 2012Saturday, February 25, 2012


Santa Monica, CA USA

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, "Encaustic Noir" by Helen K. Garber, to inaugurate Noirfest Santa Monica 2012. In Gallery II, we present a selection of vintage works by famed Parisian photographer Brassai and several of his contemporaries.

In her new work, Garber recycles imagery from an earlier photographic body, using a layered, textured technique to create completely new work. "Spending months on a 40-foot long technical nightmare for the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture started me thinking about ... working with texture and dimension. I felt that I had mastered the 2-D image and that it was time to move on to something new." Taking her inspiration from film noir of the 40's and 50's and German Expressionism, Helen K. Garber's work is evocative of the minimal black and white cinematic style. Garber uses an encaustic process to adhere her vintage negatives, printed on handmade papers, to reclaimed and salvaged wood scraps found locally in her local Ocean Park Historic District neighborhood and to finish with a fresh coating of beeswax and twine sourced locally from an old independent Venice shop. In this series, Garber has artistically found a way to reinvent her photographic library into work that is entirely new, with stronger, descriptive and expressive qualities.

This is Helen K. Garber's second show with dnj Gallery. In the 2010 group exhibition, "Night Lights," her series of photographs, "Venice/Venezia," was included. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with her most recent exhibition held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Ireland. Garber's work can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the George Eastman House International Museum of Film & Photography in Rochester, NY and the Brooklyn Museum. Garber resides in Santa Monica and maintains a studio on Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach, CA.

dnj Gallery is also very proud to showcase a collection of vintage noir photography by artists Brassai, Paul Almasy, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Maurice Georges Chanu, Robert Doisneau, Andre Kertesz, Jean Prevel, Geza Vandor and Sabine Weiss. Each vintage print is rare, highly collectible and selected to showcase Paris by night. Images portray from high society, the intellectuals, the ballet, the grand operas, as well as scenes from the dark, bleak side of Paris. Brassai once wrote that: "he used photography in order to capture the beauty of streets and gardens in the rain and fog, and to capture Paris by night." His iconic images, and those of his colleagues, have defined the Paris mystique.