Opening: Thursday 6 March 2014, 6 – 8 pm
Duration of exhibition 7 – 29 March 2014
This series of work began in August 1989 and was inspired by the early aviation
photographs by the French photographers André Kertész and Jacques-Henri
My pursuit was to chase down the landings and takeoffs of “heavies” of,
contemporary commercial aircraft, as they lift their massive bodies into and out of
the sky. L-1011′s, DC-10′s, A-300′s, 747′s, and the Concorde.
My obsession began at JFK international Airport and included La Guardia, Newark,
Miami, Ronald Regan National Airport, Washington DC, Charles de Gaulle, Paris, and
As a child, traveling on highways and witnessing low flying jets cruising noisily very
close overhead near Newark Airport on road trips to New York City with my family, I
was captivated by the catapulting of an oversize machine bigger than a large house
shadowing over our car as we passed through tollbooth near the airport.
Later, after a year into the project, I began to realize that machines where flying all
the time over my head…. I wondered about the mysteries of what was going on
inside these fuselage bodies catapulted into the skies flying over 500 miles an hour.
At times I felt like I owned the sky, and the more times I stood under these gigantic
machines, the more obsessed I became about witnessing the frequency with which
these fragile bodies of aviation occupied the spaciousness of the sky.
This series "Plane Sights" (1989-1993) was exhibited at the Musée de l'Elysée,
Lausanne (CH) in 1995 and is part of the collections of many institutions, including
the Metropolitan Museum in New York; Los Angeles County Museum, the Victoria &
Albert Museum in London and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.