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Photography: New Work

David Halliday, Birgit Blyth, Kim McLean, Anna Collette, Kahn & Selesnick, Lisa Frank, David Seiler, Lependorf & Shire, David Lebe, Melinda McDaniel, Jeri Eisenberg

April 19, 2012 through May 27, 2012

Since the opening of Carrie Haddad Gallery in 1991, photographers have figured prominently on the gallery’s roster producing glistening silver gelatin prints as well as albumen and bi-chromate  using a variety of cameras and always giving special care to paper. Today, over a decade into the 21st Century, nearly everyone has converted their darkrooms into walk-in closets, and traded  their Kodachrome for iPhones and memory cards.  And yet, as we delve farther into the digital age, there is no question that this new process, although utilizing different techniques, inherently remains photographic. 
The artists in the upcoming exhibition all diverge from traditional forms of photo making, utilizing modern technologies and techniques to achieve varying effects. Among the works on display, in our upcoming exhibit, not one is a silver gelatin print, however many do reference styles from the past.  David Seiler renders the landscape in sepia tones, and David Halliday strikes a note of vintage glamour with stark, formal still-lifes.  Anna Collette’s landscapes – alternately lush, green gardens and blue barren forests – instill a contemporary emotional atmosphere into classic compositions. 
Some artists depart from representational depiction to explore the physicality of the medium itself. Melinda McDaniel, who has formerly shown sculptural works made out of photographic paper, creates swimming-pool shaped collages made out of tiny “found” images of swimmers. In the works of Birgit Blyth, we are indirectly shown her process of pouring chemicals onto the photographic paper itself, creating abstract works redolent of Jackson Pollock’s scattered, all-over compositions. David Lebe, also uses fundamental photo materials and practices to achieve his ethereal hand-colored photogram landscapes and “light drawings”. An experimental approach to the photographic medium—its limitations and its possibilities—pervades this exhibition.
Kim McLean, on the other hand, employs an architectural software program to create his images. Using a scanner as his camera, he creates 3-D layers of everyday images like pages in the phonebook, embodying similar aspects to that of painting, photography, and sculpture. Although, in process and effort his works seem un-photographic, his photographically lit compositions are reminiscent of a stage set. Similarly, Lisa Frank manipulates, duplicates and layers photographic elements to create works which could not be achieved without digital programs yet appear organic and insired by tradition photographic still life.
The exploration of the ever changing technologies is further explored through the works of Kahn and Selesnick who originally used a box camera to capture and piece together their photo novellas. Each image in their upcoming Snapshots exhibit, today shot using an iphone, seems to bridge the gap between past and present, earthly and alien, real and unreal. Lependorf & Shire as well as Jeri Eisenberg also sit on the edge of representational depiction and abstraction, challenging what is seen and can be seen. This question of perception, view point and the photographic essence of documentation continues to be asked again and again as this medium splinters and forms new genres within itself. Seen together, the artists in this exhibit exemplify the range of possibility and approach to new photographic work  in the 21st century.
 A reception will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 6-8pm. All are invited to attend.

Artists in this show

Kahn & Selesnick

House Figure, 2012


The Wagon, 2011

Memory Theatre 1 (detail), 2012

Memory Theatre 2 (detail), 2012

Testing Flight Conditions, 1996-97

Brockman Lost in Ireland


Specimens for Study, 1999

Balog and the White Shaman Prepare Hallucinatory Powder from the Pasternak Root, 1998

Unnatural History, Walrus, 2011-2012

David Halliday

Cauliflower, 2000

Coastal Inlet, Cork, Ireland, 2000

Hip Waders, 2011

Bait Catch, 2010

Boat Fender (With Loops), 2010

Buoy Blue-White, 2010

Oar (Blue Print), 2010

Life Preserver (Blue Print), 2010

Coiled Rope, 2010

Buoy Red, 2010

Minnow Catch, 2010

Buoy Yellow, 2010

Lemon, 2000

David Seiler

Sly Variation No.5, 2007-8


Huckleberry Point, Catskills, 2011-2012

Monsoon, Mangalore, 2011-2012

Rio Grande Gorge, 2012

Horse, Galway, NY, 2011-2012

Olivia Bowing, Poestenkill, NY, 2012

Kim McLean

Boat Under Wave, 2009

Rocket Blaster, 2012

Blue, 2012

We Remember the Night Rider & We Know Who You Are, 2012

Two Heads Better Than One, 2012

Postignano, 2009

Rocket Chucker, 2012

Lisa Frank

Panel with Snakes and Turtles, 2010

Creekbed in Winter, 2009

William Morris Specimen Collection, 2009

Eucalyptus and Framed Birds, 2010

Garlands: These, I, Singing in Spring Collect for Lovers

Melinda McDaniel

Monaco, 2012

Pools installation, 2012

Californian, 2012

Diamond, 2012

Full-L, 2012

Grecian, 2012

Helina, 2012

Kidney, 2012

Lagoon, 2012


Norlander, 2012

Palette, 2012


Round, 2012

Anna Collette

Untitled (invasive species #32), 2008

Untitled (invasive species #77), 2008

Untitled (invasive species #76), 2009

Untitled (dark landscape #53), 2009

Untitled (dark landscape #3), 2008

Untitled (dark landscape #40), 2008

Birgit Blyth

Untitled No.3 ("Cubes"), 2009

Untitled No.1 ("Cubes"), 2009

Untitled No.8 (8021), 2012

Untitled No.10, 2012

Untitled No.9 (9022), 2012

Untitled No.2 (2015), 2012

Untitled No.8, 2009


Untitled No.5, 2012


Untitled No.3 (3016), 2012

Untitled No.6 (6019), 2012

Untitled No.4 (4017), 2012

David Lebe

Scribble No. 15, 1987

Scribble No. 19, 1987

Lake Shore Drive #2, 1972, 2011

Bottle Series #43, 2011

Landscape #12B 85, 2011

Landscape #12B v8, 2011

Landscape #35 , 1986-2011

Jeri Eisenberg

First Foliage No.5, 2009

Giant Magnolia No.2, 2009

Star Magnolia, 2012

Star Magnolia, No. 5, 2012

Marsh Grass No.3, 2010

On the Sea, 2010

Wave, 2010

Lependorf + Shire

Shirokuro-IV, 2006

Horizon Fields XVII, 2004

Horizon Fields XV, 2004

Horizon Fields XIV, 2004

Horizon Fields XVI, 2004

Glyph 1

Glyph 2

Glyph 4

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