Senior & Shopmaker Gallery

Site and Insight: Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, Mary Miss

Site and Insight: Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, Mary Miss

Saturday, November 12, 2011Friday, December 23, 2011


New York, NY USA

Press Release

Site and Insight: Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, Mary Miss

Senior & Shopmaker Gallery is pleased to present Site and Insight: Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, and Mary Miss, an exhibition of drawings and photographic works by three artists with roots in the Conceptual and Earth Movements of the 1970s. All employ photography, not as a final product, but mediated with collage and drawing to transform views of the man-made and natural landscape. The works in the show date from 1980 to 1996.

Jan Dibbets, (b. 1941, the Netherlands) influenced by the luminous interiors of Giotto and Vermeer, presents views of architectural interiors pieced together from multiple photographic vantage points and arranged in spiral or circular configurations, not unlike the sculptural forms of Richard Long, his classmate at London’s St. Martin’s College of Art in the 1970s. Overlapping photos float against white or color backgrounds, often with watercolor and graphite drawing that extends or delineates the photographic image. Despite their seemingly analytic process, the collages provide elegantly pictorial meditations on light and the ambiguity of space.

An important aspect of Mary Miss’s (b. 1944, New York) work are her collages of overlapping gelatin silver prints, or “photo/drawings” in which several photographic views of a single structure or site are jaggedly spliced together to form an altered whole. During her travels, Miss photographs industrial and architectural sites, which serve as reference and memory of place that resonate in her large outdoor works. As their emphasis on light and abstract pattern attests, the photo/drawings, with their collapsed and expanded manipulations of space, convey the experience of a particular place rather than strict documentation.

The experience of landscape is intensely physical for Richard Long (British, b. 1945), as it involves a personal journey as he walks through remote landscapes in Britain and elsewhere. Nature provides subject and source for the artist, and the notion of impermanence is an abiding principle in his wall drawings and sculpture. Long’s epic walks, by definition ephemeral and temporal, are documented photographically with the addition of words and maps, providing visual signs or memory of the artist’s creation.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10a.m- 6p.m.; Saturday, 11a.m.-6 p.m. For further information,
please contact Betsy Senior or Laurence Shopmaker, at 212-213-6767 or gallery@seniorandshopmaker.com