Friday, September 27, 2013


Once again the Klompchng Gallery is delighted to support the annual DUMBO Arts Festival.

Each year the festival seeks to highlight Brooklyn’s commitment to, and presence in the arts community, by presenting the best in local, national, and international art amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

The DUMBO Arts Festival attracts c.200,000 visitors over 3 days, with the participation of over 500 artists from a variety of disciplines, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners.

The gallery's solo exhibition of photographic artwork by Cara Barer forms part of the official festival program. Please stop by the gallery and, if you love the exhibition as much as we do, consider putting it forward for the festival's Audience Award by taking an Instagram picture of it with the hashtags #CaraBarer #DAF13.

We'll be open with extended hours for the duration of the festival as follows:

Friday, September 27: 11am–9pm
Saturday, September 28: 11am–9pm
Sunday, September 29: 12oon–6pm

For full information, visit the festival website HERE.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Artist Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6pm–8pm

We are delighted to present the first solo exhibition at Klompching Gallery, featuring the highly popular photographic artworks of Cara Barer. The artist photographs outdated, abandoned and obsolete books, but only after transforming them into sculptural objects of beauty.

Coiled and crumpled, they segue into a considered commentary on the changing role of libraries, society's relationship with how it accesses and values knowledge and, in a technology advance world, her work questions the future of the book itself.

The photographs are presented as large-scale pigment prints, rich in color and highly detailed, engendering both curiosity and delight. Her work can be firmly placed within the interdisciplinary—new and growing—genre of 'altered books', which started in the 1960's with A Monument: A Treated Victorian Novel by the British artist Tom Phillips.

Sunset, 2013 © Cara Barer

 Sunset, 2013 (detail) © Cara Barer

On show in the gallery are nine 36" x 36" photographs (other sizes/editions available), representing pieces from 2006 through to her most recent pieces made in 2013.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Gallery artist, Tessa Bunney, is exhibiting her most recent series of photographs at Monument Books (Laos, Vietnam). The exhibit will be launched tomorrow evening, with an opening speech by the British Ambassador to Laos, and continues through to September 30th.

Since November 2012, Bunney has been photographing in Xieng Khouang—one of the most contaminated provinces of Vietnam—of unexploded bomb sub-munitions (UXO). She has documented the work of UCT6, an all-female team working for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), who defuse the UXO's.

 Technician, UCT6 (2012) © Tessa Bunney

Read more about The Women of UCT6 and view additional photographs HERE.
Read the article in the Financial Times HERE.
View Tessa Bunney's video about the project HERE.

Friday, September 13, 2013


Artist Talk at the Gather – Breaking New Ground 2013 Event

Jim Naughten gave a short presentation this week, as part of an event–championing photography and creativity–at which four photographers shared their experiences of photographing in remote and challenging places. Here, Naughten talks about the Hereros series, exhibited at the gallery in March-April, 2013.

Video uploaded from You Tube via Getty Images

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


LSU Glassell Gallery, September 12—October 20, 2013

Left: Show & Tell book cover, Right: Blue Tattoo by William Greiner
All reproduction rights reserved Wm. Greiner, Jenny Milchman and UL Press

Gallery artist, William Greiner, debuts his new photographic project, Show & Tell, at the Louisianna State University Glassell Gallery, in Baton Rouge. The exhibition opens on September 12th and runs through to October 20th, 2013.

With Show & Tell, William Greiner has collaborated with some 28 writers—including Pam Thomas, Joshua Clark and Brett Battles—each responding to one of his photographs with fictional narratives. The photographs and accompanying texts form Greiner's latest book of the same name, and is published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2013).

Visit the Glassell Gallery website HERE.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Gallery artist, Helen Sear, has been awarded the prestigious Wakelin Award 2013. The award is given annually to a Welsh artist, whose work is purchased for the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery's permanent collection. 

Helen Sear's high-definition video installation, Chameleon, was selected for the award by Nicholas Thornton – Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum, Wales. Chameleon depicts a sunflower, filmed at night and lit by torchlight.

"I'm delighted that Chameleon will be joining a major public collection in Swansea and I'm pleased to have selected. The Wakelin Award offers recognition for artists such as myself based in Wales and I'd like to thank the organisers for their generosity. I look forward to my video installation joining the work of both past and future award holders".—Helen Sear
Helen Sear is represented in the US exclusively by Klompching Gallery, with three solo exhibitions presented since 2009. Her most recent photographic artworks can be viewed online HERE.

Chameleon, 2013. Video Projection, loop  of 14 minutes © Helen Sear

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Weston-Super-Mare-Grand, 2011 © Simon Roberts

Review by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, August 31, 2013

"Pierdom is another instalment in Simon Roberts' ongoing visual documentation of modern England. He has photographed every British Pier using a 4x5 plate camera, which has also captured the landscape from which they extend, the sea around them and the sky above them". 
"This is a much cooler and detached approach than, say, Martin Parr's seaside photographs, and shares a certain similarity of style with John Davies's documentary photographs of British landscapes. Here and there, though, there are hints of John Hinde's postcard vision of Britain as one big unreal leisure theme park, especially in Roberts' wonderful diptych of Walton-on-the-Naze pier". 
" ... a very beautiful book from a master of stillness, light and landscape".

Read the full review HERE.

Pierdom (Dewi Lewis, 2013)
160 pages, 81 color plates
ISBN: 978-1-907893-40-7

PIERDOM will be exhibited at Klompching Gallery this Fall:
Simon Roberts — Pierdom: November 7–December 21, 2013.
Artist Reception: Thursday, November 7, 6pm–8pm.