Rosier Gallery is pleased to present our "Extraordinary Photographs III" exhibit from May 3 - August 7, 2012. The show offers viewers the opportunity to examine a rich, diverse selection of captivating images by a wide-range of leading contemporary photographers.
The exhibition is headlined by Vik Muniz' The Steerage (After Alfred Stieglitz) from the artist's Pictures of Chocolate series. This work captures Muniz' representation of the image generally considered the first modernist photograph. Like Stieglitz, Muniz creates fine art from mediums previously considered as tools of craftsman, not fine artists. While Muniz uses chocolate and pigments and paper and Stieglitz used photography, both have expanded our understanding of what constitutes art. Stieglitz considered this work his most important photograph. He wrote "If all my photographs were lost, and I were represented only by The Steerage, that would be quite all right." The work's importance to Stieglitz, role in bridging photography to modernism, and the natural associations between Stieglitz and Muniz make this a fascinating, captivating and important work.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are three of Edward Burtynsky's images, including Shipbreaking #15, Chittagong, Bangladesh and Shipbreaking #31, Chittagong, Bangladesh from his iconic shipbreaking series and Rock of Ages #7, Active Section, E.L. Smith Quarry, Barre, Vermont. Another example of this later work is currently on view at the Hood Museum of Art in "Nature Transformed: Edward Burtysky's Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context." This exploration of man's impact on nature continues in the exhibition with Richard Misrach's World's Fastest Mobile Home (96 mph). Also on view will be Massimo Vitali's "Marina Di Carrara - Torre Fiat", an iconic illustration of Vitali's depiction of people at play juxtaposed with business and industrial activity.
"Extraordinary Photographs III" further includes new images within the following series from the gallery's artists:
Murat Germen's Muta-morphosis features extraordinary photographs of ordinary urban vistas to spark the viewer's inquisitiveness through this unusual view of familiar surroundings. As an urban planner and architect, the artist sees the city environment as a dynamic living organism that constantly evolves. Our great cities are changed and ultimately re-invented by the interplay of history, individual people, communities, globalization, economic imperatives and numerous other factors. Muta-morphosis, the artist's conception synthesizing mutation and metamorphosis, is reflected within the series by digitally manipulating the images across one axis.
Chris Faust's Nocturnes illuminate a sometimes hidden and often disappearing traditional Midwestern landscape with his unique night photographs. Captured with only ambient light, these panoramic images beautifully display subtle tone gradations and textures.
Justine Reyes' Vanitas echoes the "still life" appearance and generally darker palette of traditional Dutch vanitas painting. By utilizing the contemporary medium of photography and augmenting signature vanitas objects such as wilting flowers, decaying fruit and skulls with modern items belonging to her and her grandmother including saran wrap, plastics, photographs and a metal King Kong lunchbox, Ms. Reyes evolves the images into our current era while creating a deeply personal body of work.
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