Artist’s Reception: Friday, December 13, 6:00 - 8:30pm
Artist’s Talk and Book Signing: Saturday, December 14, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the Danish photographer Trine Søndergaard’s Monochrome Portraits. The sixteen monochrome portraits of anonymous sitters are presented in hand painted frames that match the individual hue and tone of each image.
From afar, each photograph and frame are conflated and flattened by the single tone that is used for both. It is only upon approaching the images at an intimate scale that the details of the individual portraits become intelligible and reveal the details of the sitters’ faces, offering insight into their emotional state. Søndergaard’s technical virtuosity is clear in the detail and precision of these Cibachrome prints, which show a depth of information about her subject’s face and self--‐presentation.
By imaging her subjects from unconventional angles—the side or back of the head—and the refusal of the men and women photographed to return the gaze, Søndergaard’s subjects remain anonymous. This provides a space for the viewer to project his or her own emotional state onto that of the sitter imaged. In this way Søndergaard effectively turns the notion of portraiture on its head: using the image of the other as a catalyst for the recognition of the viewer him-¬‐ or herself.
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