Panel at SVA
Lesley Ann Ercolano
James Nick Sears
Stephen F. Sherman
We are thrilled to be able to show the work of the 23 artists in the Fugitivart show at the Soho Photo Gallery from September 4–28. Each brings a unique photographic vision to the exhibition that will surprise and engage you.
Soho Photo is a large, two-level gallery with over 235 linear feet of wall space—just bit less than the length than of a New York City block—allowing us to hang substantial bodies of work and prints up to seven feet long. We've shown you only a glimpse below.
Fugitivprints will be available for purchase at the gallery during the show.
© Drora Bashan 2013
For many of us it’s not the sun peeking around the corner of the blinds, or the alarm set to moldy oldies, or the special needle-sharp shower, it’s that grande cup of coffee you grab on the way to work that officially starts the day. Tomorrow, before you toss the empty, look down. If, like Drora, you’re an extremely talented photographer, you’ll see a beautiful world of light and form that’s worth waking up for.
© Anne Berry 2013
While we all know the world’s nonhuman primates are rapidly disappearing, Anne Berry’s arresting portraits make it personal. Her subjects are not statistics, but fully present individuals, impossible to ignore—curious creatures torn by the desire to flee and the need for warmth and contact. Housed behind glass that isolates them more completely than any barred cage, they will touch you if you let them.
© Norman Borden 2013
Sometimes you just have to do it. It doesn’t matter what the rules are, or what the sign says, in that instant, you just have to jump, a glorious dive out of the heat and into the cooling sea.
© Lesley Ann Ercolano 2013
An imaging technician at the Scottish National Archives, Lesley, as she once said in an interview, “sits on her bum in the dark all day taking pictures of various records.” But once outside, tiny miracles start to happen. With her camera always at the ready, she wanders, watches, and waits, creating photographs that reveal the profound, hilarious, sometimes puzzling relationships that normally pass unseen.
© Rosalie Frost 2013
When confronted with a large body of water, our first thoughts are often, “What’s on the other side?” and “How can I get there?” While dreams of flight are more poetic, and swimming with the fishes has an unfortunately negative connotation, humans have long built piers and boardwalks to enable them to walk on water. But they don’t last forever, and as can be seen in Rosalie’s images, the poetry often comes in their ruin.
© Susan Guice 2013
The beauty of Susan’s aerial images pulls you right in, the undulating curves, the textures of the vegetation, and the seemingly impossible colors of the sky reflected on the water. Unfortunately, what we are admiring today may not even exist any more, as human interference is rapidly turning the delta marshes into open water. Those straight lines that add an attractive graphic quality to the images are the canals and pipelines that are destroying one of the world’s unique and irreplaceable ecosystems. Sadly, these Fugitivprints will probably outlast the reality on the ground.
© Ellen Jacob 2013
Strollers are a common sight these days in many of New York’s neighborhoods. In some of the more elite zip codes, one can also observe that often the children are white and the caregivers black. Virtually unnoticed and ignored except in their roles as nannies, many of the women are immigrants, some legal, some not, all separated from their loved ones at home. Ellen’s images explore the complex bonds in these transitory families.
© Susan Keiser 2013
Careful observers will see skeletons floating on the surface of spring ponds. The delicate structures of leaves whose soft tissues have been eaten away during the winter, these ghostly remains were prized by the Victorians, who used them to create “phantom” bouquets. Susan’s evocative images use such natural elements of life, growth, and decay to create unexpected portraits. Hidden behind layers of time and memory, the past is colored and shaped in unexpected ways.
© Scott Lerman 2013
Daguerreotyping, the first practical photographic process, produced images of extraordinary detail. And by slowly rotating their cameras to expose extra-wide plates, practitioners created the first panoramas. It wasn’t until the last decade that advances in digital technology made it possible to surpass those achievements. Part science, part magic, Scott’s panoramas knit individual frames into glorious images that capture a complete and immersive view of the world.
© Johanna Mårtensson 2013
It is a truism that after the inevitable cataclysm destroys virtually everything on earth, it will be the cockroaches that survive. While science fiction writers and movie makers have explored this notion for decades, Johanna Mårtensson decided to test it for herself, building a model city entirely out of bread and photographing it over the succeeding six months. It did indeed fall into total decay. But what a beautiful way to go!
© Jay Matusow 2013
Despite the best efforts of department stores across the country to convince us that eating utensils should be called flatware, some of us still call them silverware, even the plastic stuff we keep on hand for parties and picnics. Maybe we’re just nostalgic for the times when everyday things had real character. That’s what Jay looks for, how the metal and glass of simple objects can reflect and refract light to create new forms and complex abstract patterns.
© Claire Maxwell 2013
There’s nothing elusive or temporary about death. It’s as clear-cut and permanent as it gets. But that doesn’t stop us from trying all sorts of ways to turn it into a passing phase—scientifically, religiously, and even physically. In the closets and on the shelves of a nondescript storage facility Claire captures what remains of animals whose spirits have long since passed on, but whose bodies have been preserved for science.
© Andrew Miller 2013
In a society obsessed with celebrity culture, what would life be like without our beloved brands? Every day for 100 days, Andrew stripped a branded object of its color and logo—all distinguishing marks—by painting it pure white. Confounding conventional expectations, his work revealed not a world of boring, generic objects, but the enduring and iconic essence well-hidden beneath each surface.
© Jean Nestares 2013
Jean believes in the power of angels to guide and protect us and to give us the inner strength to live our beliefs. Not the very human-looking angels we see throughout art history, but the spiritual kind that dwell deep in the mind and heart. Rejecting conventional angel imagery she offers us a portrait that is both as personal and mysterious as belief itself.
© Andi Schreiber 2013
All women are forced to deal with the “Invisible Forties,” the gradual loss of their place in the culture as vibrant sexual beings. Few are willing to address it head-on and in public. A frank visual assessment of how the human body marks time, these images display lips, hair, and torsos that defy and then yield to decades. For Andi, “Disappearing is not an option.”
© James Nick Sears 2013
In 1962 Buckminster Fuller envisioned the Geoscope, a giant 200-ft. globe suspended above the East River. Computer driven, covered in colored lights, it would display data that could unite people from all over the world. What was a just a dream for Fuller is becoming a reality as Nick continues creating his experimental sculptures to “unite our vision of the physical world and the growing cloud of digital data that it spews forth.” Based on the concept of “persistence of vision” Orb 2 is one of the most exciting kinetic sculptures you’ll see in NYC this season.
© Stephen F. Sherman 2013
New York is forever under construction. Residents and tourists alike thread their way under and around raw beams and metal scaffolds, sometimes cursing, but mostly accepting of the inconvenience. But from a distance, at the right time of day, and in the sights of the right photographer, these temporary, purely utilitarian creations become objects of great beauty. Like gift wrap that’s too pretty to open.
© Sarah Stankey 2013
Rene Descartes, mathematician, scientist, and father of modern philosophy, based his metaphysics on the necessity of seeing the finite in the infinite, and the infinite in the finite. Both require a special way of looking at the world. Sarah sees the beauty in the obvious and the obvious beauty in the obscure: a rainbow over a river, glints of color reflected onto a wall. (NB: It was Descartes who figured out where rainbows come from.)
© Capel States 2013
Gently undulating or rapidly rippling, natural pond or artificial spill, a vast ocean or the tiniest tear, photographers have almost from the beginning turned to reflections in water to distort reality and multiply meanings in aesthetically arresting ways. An accomplished watercolorist, Capel recently traded in his brushes for a camera, but is still drawn to the mysterious properties of water to create mood.
© Reto Sterchi 2013
Established over 100 years ago, by the early 80s, The Carlton Arms Hotel in Chelsea had descended into the madness of an SRO for the desperate and destitute. As often happens in New York, that’s when the artists stepped in. The new owner began hiring them and housing them, and in return each contributed a new mural, sculpture, or other artwork to what has become an ever-changing display. And one of the most vibrant galleries in New York.
© Paul Stetzer 2013
Anyone who has lived near the ocean has stood barefoot at the water’s edge, to feel the gentle tickle of sand swirling around one’s ankles, to watch as the tide creates beautiful patterns along the beach like those captured in Paul’s images. The sand seems so integral to the scene that we often forget how fragile it is, and how rapidly it’s disappearing from our coastlines.
© Sonia Toledo 2013
In the summer they’re brilliant flashes of color gliding through the water like living kaleidoscopes. But as temperatures fall toward freezing, they descend to the bottom of the pond. Hardly moving, barely even breathing, they hide among the earth-warmed stones until the spring thaw.
© Diane Zeitlin 2013
Cropped, bobbed, or flowing in a tangle of curls. Growing where we want it, where we don’t, or not at all. Changing by the hour, by the minute, with the stroke of a hand, hair is a human obsession that cuts across most cultures. These photographs are from an ongoing series that explore its mysteries.
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