Photo: Christopher Jonassen
I am thrilled to have teamed up with United Photo Industries to curate Anew, a group exhibition featuring nine photographers who unearth beauty in the seemingly irrelevant, everyday objects that most people disregard, revealing that unnoticed and banal items can sometimes be quite magical.
By concentrating more on light, color, form and texture, rather than on the item itself, the photographers in the show render these items somewhat unrecognizable even though the object has not changed form: it’s simply been re-imagined and has taken on a new life.
From Klaus Pichler’s surprisingly beautiful photographs of dust collected around Vienna to Christopher Johanessen’s “investigation” of used frying pans that look similar to planets to George Benson’s anonymous record sleeves carefully arranged by color, these photographers recognize that something special lies within mundane items. They also have the talent to elevate, transform and breathe new life into these entities so that they can be appreciated and admired where previously they were ignored.
Anew opens at United Photo Industries in DUMBO, Brooklyn on December 6, 2012 (6 – 9pm) and runs through December 30, 2012.
Photo: Barry Rosenthal
Photo: François Delfosse
Photo: Stephan Tillmans
Photo: Klaus Pichler
Photo: George Benson
Photo: Wendy Van Santen
Photo: Jean Paul Gomez