Five Photographers April 9th – May 21st, 2015
Jim Kempner Fine Art is pleased to announce Five Photographers, an exhibition that brings together the work of five contemporary artists: Christopher Beane, Eduardo Del Valle & Mirta Gómez, Gianfranco Gorgoni, and David Mitchell.
Gianfranco Gorgoni’s Spiral Jetty II portfolio, a series of ten color photographs that document Robert Smithson’s ‘ground-breaking’ earthwork sculpture, will be shown in its entirety. Also on display will be new, large-scale, unique photographs by abstract photographer David Mitchell, as well as photographs of flowers on brightly-colored backgrounds by Christopher Beane. The exhibition will also feature selections from Eduardo Del Valle and MirtaGómez’s series Fried Waters, which documents the natural metamorphosis of two ancient salt collection sites in the Yucatan. Five Photographers will be on display from April 9th through May 23rd, with an opening reception on April 9th from 6 – 8 pm.
Christopher Beane, one of the world’s leading contemporary photographers of flowers, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a background in portrait and figurative photography. Beane’s obsession with flowers stemmed from his experience working in the Flower District of New York in the 1990’s. His early botanical compositions were shot in black and white, with a sensual treatment of flowers similar to Robert Mapplethorpe and Imogen Cunningham. He later reconstructed traditional ideals of flower photography, turning towards hyper-saturated character studies. This development ultimately culminated in the monograph Christopher Beane Flower, published by Artisan in 2008. By shooting flowers on enamel paintings or Murano glass, Beane creates lavish photographs with incredible detail and acute treatment of color. Christopher Beane’s work has been showcased at the 10th Anniversary of the Andy Warhol Museum in 2004 and at the ACRIA Foundation. Most recently, his photographs were exhibited at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, in the show Flowers and Mushrooms,alongside the work of renowned contemporary and modern artists including Imogen Cunningham, Jeff Koons, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol.
Eduardo Del Valle and Mirta Gómez, a Cuban-born collaborative couple based in Miami, are known for their time-lapse photographic projects. In 2004, their photographs were exhibited in the inaugural exhibition of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and again in the museum’s 2006 exhibition Landscape: Recent Acquisitions. They have four art books in the Library of Congress published by Nazraeli: From the Ground Up (2003), Four Sections of Time(2004), Fried Waters (2005), and Between Runs (2006). The books document twenty years of their experiences in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Their photographs are included in MoMA Highlights Since 1980, a book that features 250 of the most important and influential works of art acquired by the museum since 1980. Del Valle and Gómez are recipients of numerous artist fellowships, including the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1997), National Endowment for the Arts (1976 and 1990), Florida Art Council (1987), and New York State Council for the Arts (1979). The work of Del Valle and Gómez is shown internationally and is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, and others.
Gianfranco Gorgoni is an Italian photographer who gained notoriety photographing celebrity artists. After coming to the United States in 1968 to photograph for the Italian magazine L’Espresso, Gorgoni met famed art dealer Leo Castelli and had four solo exhibitions at Castelli’s gallery between 1972 and 1996. During this time, Gorgoni became engrossed in the New York art scene, where he met and photographed numerous artists. Gorgoni eventually crossed paths with Robert Smithson in the early 1970’s. The two travelled to Utah with Richard Serra and Nancy Holt for the construction of Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. His documentary photographs of this monumental project were first displayed in New York’s MoMA in 1970. Gianfranco Gorgoni’s photographs have been reproduced in Artforum, Art in America, Time, Newsweek, Esquire, and New York Times Magazine. His work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, LA, and numerous other public and private collections.
David Mitchell is a British-born abstract photographer based in Bangkok. Mitchell began his career as a photographer in the early 1980’s in London, Florence, and Milan. He moved to Hong Kong in the early 1990’s to shoot for prestigious fashion labels, including Christian Dior and Laura Biagiotti. In 2004, Mitchell was diagnosed with left-temporal-lobe epilepsy (LTLE). The onset of LTLE inhibited his ability to work in the commercial arena and became the impetus for working exclusively as a fine artist. Mitchell states that auras experienced during epileptic seizures are like lucid dreams and produce heightened abstract emotions, affecting the visual field. Mitchell rejects the assumption that photography is about representation and instead makes pure abstraction and the process of image making the subjects of his work. Abstract photography scholar and author of The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography Lyle Rexer curated Mitchell’s most recent exhibition at Jim Kempner Fine Art, and wrote the essay The Dog Must Howl.
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