Monday, July 22, 2013


We are delighted to announce that artist, Matthew-Robert Hughes, was shortlisted for the inaugural Cord Prize, with his work appearing on the prize's online gallery.

"The 1980's animation The Mysterious Cities of Gold is my main creative influence. Developed over a long period of research, Aonocopia brings together sculptural prints made from printed oak veneered MDF, stained pine wood, acrylic and metal to create imagined icons, statues and objects. Box-framed three-dimensional metallic prints that are sliced, folded to form sharp minimal forms that hint at tribal masks".–Matthew-Robert Hughes

Dia and Reba Summoning Mask ©Matthew-Robert Hughes

See more on The Cord Prize website.
View the work of Matthew-Robert Hughes, currently available at the gallery.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


The FRESH 2013 exhibition opened on the evening of July 18th and, despite the heatwave in New York, a huge crowd turned out to see the stellar work, of the five photographers selected for our annual summer show.

Opening Reception for FRESH2013.
Photographs in the background by Maxine Helfman.

L-R: Chang Kyun Kim, Manuel Cosentino, Darren Ching, W.M. Hunt,
Debra Klomp Ching, Priya Kamblie, Peter Croteau.
Photographs in the background by Chang Kyun Kim.

The exhibition runs through to August 10th, and we encourage our clients and regular visitors to make a visit. Curated by W.M. Hunt and Darren Ching, the exhibition displays a wide range of work, all of excellent quality. For collectors looking to acquire photographs, by upcoming artists early in their careers, this is a good opportunity – photographs are available from $1,100 through to $4,000.

One of the additional benefits of seeing the exhibition in person, is the opportunity to participate in the creation of a unique artist book, by Italian artist Manuel Cosentino. But you need to find out more about that by stopping by the gallery.

A unique artist book, made with audience participation by Manuel Cosentino.
Image: Behind a Little House, unique artist book.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


We're pleased to provide an introduction to the second group of five shortlisted photographers for FRESH 2013. More of their work can be viewed on the gallery's Online Showcase.


Opscurum Spatio I, ©Bill Jackson
Series Title: Anima Mundi (2012-2013)

"From the series Anima Mundi – The Soul Of The Earth. On the beach, between sea and sky, the night is pitch black, the space is more physiological and emotional, than architectural. You are confronted with a 'Dark Light', where if you wait long enough, you can begin to see. What you see is very personal. These are 20 minute exposures out into the abyss – on the edge of the world".


Atomic Overlook #7, ©Clay Lipsky
Series Title: Atomic Overlook (2012)

"Atomic Overlook is a historical mash-up of 1950's atomic bomb tests and 21st century tourism. This series re-contextualizes a legacy of atomic resting in order to keep the threat of nuclear armament fresh and also speaks to the voyeuristic culture we live in where catastrophes are viewed as entertainment. Imagine if the advent of the atomic era occurred during today's information age. Tourists would gather to view bomb tests, at the anively 'safe' distances used in the 1950's, and share the resulting cell phone photos online. Broadcast media would regurgitate such visual fodder ad nauseam, bringing even new levels of desensitization. The threat of atomic weapons is as great as ever, but it is a hidden specter. I can only hope that mankind will never again suffer the wrath of such a destructive force, but it is clear that the world would not hesitate to watch".


Blue Flash ©Robert Moran
Series Title: Relics (2011-2012)

"Relics is a collection of portraits of everyday objects that are past their prime. Once relied upon, they have become touchstones of an earlier way of life. The bag used by a doctor who made house calls. A rotary dial telephone that gave you time to consider each number. Writing on a manual typewriter. All displaced by something faster, sleeker, more efficient. My aim for this project is to honor our inventive past and save some of its icons from the trash heap of memory. The objects are cultural artifacts from a different world. Everything changes. Objects are our partners in the human endeavor. These pieces have borne witness to dark nights, hot summers, musical interludes. By so doing, they and all the other objects we have used, loved, and discarded have helped shape the character and spirit of our society".

Paternoster 2, ©J. Scriba
Series Title: Situ Art (2009-2012)

"My art is about places and people at specific places. Most of the time I observe what happens at these places, but sometimes I also change the place. Sometimes I observe what happens at the place I change. But often, just observing the place changes what is happening. Instead of using a camera to capture a composition in that notorious “decisive moment” I practice a form of robotic image acquisition. I usually set up a camera very much like a scientific experiment, to obtain technically optimized input, triggering the shutter automatically whenever suitable subjects enter the field of view. The pictures created from this input reduce the original place to a few, often abstract, features revealing the human dimension even more clearly: People performing seemingly mysterious rites – riding escalators and elevators, climbing enigmatic stairs, traversing unfathomable spaces".


Molleen, Brooklyn, NY, 2012 ©Ilona Szwarc
Series Title: American Girls (2012)

"American Girls is a series of portraits of girls in United States who own American Girl dolls. The design of the dolls embodies contemporary cultural values. They were conceived to be anti-Barbie toys modeled after a body of a nine year old. Each doll can be customized to look exactly like its owner, yet all of them really look the same. American Girl dolls offer an illusion of choice therefore an illusion of individuality. Despite they play a crucial role for girls in a moment when they are forming their identity. With a wide variety of miniature accessories, they are perhaps the most luxurious toys ever invented. American Girl product defines and categorizes American girls and that fact raises important questions about who gets represented and how. Branding behind the doll perpetuates domesticity and traditional gender roles. I examine how culture and society conditions gender and how it invents childhood".

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


The open call for the FRESH 2013 exhibition attracted 300+ submissions from all over the world. The quality of work, from which the final five photographers were selected, was exceptionally high. 

Ten photographers have been shortlisted and presented on the gallery's Online Showcase. Today, we introduce you to five of those artists, followed by an introduction to remaining five artists tomorrow.

Untitled #1 ©Julie Brook Alexander
Series Title: Juxtapositions (2013)

"Heightened awareness of external and internal stimulation stirs the imagination of literary poets. Photography awakens that potential in me. I am an observer of details and a dreamer of possibilities. I look for connections in everything I see. When I combine different images, new meaning reveals itself. I find insight into the nature of the physical world and a person’s place in it. My seemingly simple compositions belie the complex evaluations of color, form, perspective, and narrative underlying them. My visual poems express world views in which the whole exceeds the sum of its parts".


Narrow Window, ©Mary Ellen Bartley
Series Title: Sea Change (2012-2013)


"In the Sea Change series I’m re-photographing images I’ve taken on my daily walks on the beach. Using only the natural light that enters my house I create multiple altered versions of the same seascapes. When I photograph the prints I look for happy accidents—moments when strong sunlight falling from skylights, squeezing through blinds, and projecting from windows draws and interacts with the surface of the paper and the image.I further explore the surface and materiality of the prints by folding, scratching or tearing them before shooting them again. The action taking place on the surface of the prints underscores the flatness of the photographs and the “drawing with light” that is the source of photography. The new photographs are still lifes of landscapes, and seem at once both vast and intimate".


Harmony II, ©Zhenjie Dong
Series Title: Recreating Myth (2012)

Recreating Myth intends to challenge the myths that are created by authority to provide univocal messages. I transform traditional Chinese signs and endow them with new meanings that address the social and political issues in contemporary China such as corruption and censorship. By using rotting and decaying symbolic plants as well as social and political oriented video, I create images that reconstruct myth of a harmonized and peaceful reality as found in traditional Chinese art forms. I create QR codes that link to social and political issues in contemporary China and embed them within my photographs. The QR codes, resembling traditional Chinese seals, not only express my criticism of Chinese authority but also allow the viewers to leave commentary. Through the processes of deconstruction and reconstruction, this project critically addresses the relationship between authority and myths, and provides an alternative to the author itative approach employed by Chinese government".

Paisaje Tropical de Invierno, ©Camilo Echavarria
Series Title: Illustrated Landscape

"The way we construct our vision of natural landscape, as well as the variety of implications inherent in its representation, are one of the main concerns that I intend to address in this project. Man is vital for the existence of landscape, without his presence nature is nothing more than an ensemble of mountains, rivers, clouds, etc. This allows us to assert that subjectivity and idealism is inevitably present in all landscapes, a feature that is evident in the majority of landscape representations throughout the history of painting. I am interested in constructing landscapes that transcend traditional photographic representation defined as an image which registers a determined fragment of space in a specific moment of time. I make landscapes in which the presence of man, either as observer, inhabitant or agent of transformation, manifests itself in different ways adding complexity and subjectivity to their meaning".

DH, ©Kenneth Golden
Series Title: Figurative Readings (2009–Present)

"I explore masculinity, sexuality. As a gay man. I am engaged in creating work that addresses today's sensibility. I remain inclusive. I am not interested in a separatist position. Text is used to underscore some of my concerns; the written language is screened back so the image is read through the text. In my work there is a density of elements, lending to a multiplicity of meanings, challenging and playing with how we see/read. I layer elements – some are my own, others are appropriated; opacity is adjusted. Often, parts of an image morph into another. Masking is utilized to both reveal and hide. Identity politics continues to define and elaborate on the diversity of our population. I find this diversity a point of celebration and one of inclusion. it adds to the articulation of who we are".

Monday, July 15, 2013


We are delighted to be presenting, for the third year in a row, the gallery's annual summer show. The FRESH exhibition is curated, from an international open call for submissions, by the esteemed collector/curator, W.M. Hunt and Klompching Gallery owner, Darren Ching.

An opening reception with the artists present, will be hosted on Thursday, July 18th, 6pm–8pm. 
The exhibition continues through to Saturday, August 10th.

This is an opportunity for the gallery to present work by upcoming photographers, who we would not normally have the opportunity to work with. It's also an excellent platform upon which to alert collectors to five new voices in photography and invest in their photographic artworks–through acquisitions–early in their careers. With this in mind the exhibition has been carefully curated, with each of the photographers well represented, through having several photographs from one body of work included in the exhibition.

An important element of the exhibition is to bring exposure to the photographers and their artworks, to as wide an audience as possible. Therefore, FRESH is expanded across three platforms: the wall, the page and the internet.

In addition to the exhibition at the gallery (the wall), we are working in partnership with BLINK magazine (the page), which has published a feature on the five photographers in Issue #25, July 2013. A long-form interview will also be published on AT LENGTH MAG (the internet), during the course of the exhibition.

Below is an introduction to the five photographers selected from the 300+ submissions received. We look forward to seeing you at the reception and, should you be interested in acquiring a photograph, please contact the gallery. The entire exhibition can be viewed on the gallery website here.

Series Title: Behind a Little House
©Manuel Cosentino

Series Title: Mountain
©Peter Croteau

Series Title: Before or After the Memory
©Chang Kyun Kim

Series Title: Kitchen Gods
©Priya Kambli

Series Title: Fabrication
©Maxine Helfman

Friday, July 12, 2013


Gallery artist, Max de Esteban's solo exhibition, at the Uno Art Space in Stuttgart, opened last night and continues through to September 28, 2013.

The show features his highly acclaimed Proposition One: Only The Ephemeral series, which we exhibited at the gallery in the Fall of 2011, and was showcased by the gallery at the AIPAD 2013 Photo Show. The series was also nominated for the prestigious Welde Kunstpreis (Germany, 2013).

PO5, 2011 ©Max de Esteban

Video Interview (2011) ©Euromaxx

Take a look at a previous blogpost about the series here.
The entire photographic series can be viewed on our website here.

Monday, July 8, 2013


Gallery artist, Antony Crossfield, has been selected for the 2013 Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.  The aim of the prize is to promote and reward excellence and talent in contemporary drawing practice. Between 50 and 70 drawings are selected, from approximately 2,000 submissions, for the exhibition at the Jerwood Space (London) and subsequent national tour. The prestigious award names an overall winner with a cash prize of £8,000.

Antony Crossfield has been shortlisted with a drawing in graphite, entitled Lanugo. As our many of our collectors know, Crossfield's photographic portraits of the male figure are inspired and informed by art historical references and conceptual theory. He originally trained as a painter and brings this skill-set and creative process to his photographs. Understandably, there exists a close relationship to his photographic artworks and his drawings, which we're pleased to bring to your attention here.

Lanugo, 2013 ©Antony Crossfield | 45cm x 42cm, Graphite

Exhibition Dates: September 11—October 27, 2013.
Announcement of prizewinners: September 10, 2013.
More information about the Jerwood Drawing Prize here.