Monday, July 27, 2015


Artist Reception: Saturday, September 12, 6pm–8pm

Heads Will Roll is the fourth and final installment of de Esteban’s challenging and provocative Propositions series—a long term and rigorous investigation of society’s embracement of technologies, in particular, the dawn of the bio-cybernetic era.

To construct the artworks in Heads Will Roll, de Esteban has mined a mass media that generates an incessant stream of imagery of war, violence, and disasters 24/7 into our homes, offices, public and private spaces. De Esteban merges and juxtaposes images, texts and found objects, to produce photomontages that present a cacophony of information that is at once dense with information yet visually legible. 

The resulting artworks are stunningly rich, visually beautiful constructions, that at the same time reveal a world where violence, imagined or real, is always looming. The intention of the artist, is for the viewer to be left almost totally out of balance, in a state of anxiety and unease. 

“Our world is increasingly filled with imagery from the internet, advertising, movies, social media, selfies, smartphone cameras, surveillance, propaganda, media, art, books, magazines ... It causes us to question our own sense of what is real, what is imagined, what is fiction, what is a lie ... So, what better medium than photography (or cinema or the internet itself) to explore this archaeology of images?” —Max de Esteban

The exhibition will feature eight large-scale, lushly colored photographs, carefully curated from the larger body of work, consisting of twenty-four photographs. This will be the second solo exhibition at the Klompching Gallery by Max de Esteban, and follows the preview of the artworks at the prestigious AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Photography Show in April 2015.

Accompanying the exhibition will be the monograph Heads Will Roll (Hatje Cantz, 2015), containing insightful essays by the esteemed curator Carles Guerra and author Bill Kouwenhoven. Additionally, de Esteban’s new monograph, Propositions (La Fabrica)—which charts the entire four parts of the series—will also be launched during the exhibition, prior to its official release in October 2015.

Max de Esteban (b. 1959) is a Fulbright Alumni, who holds a PhD from the Universitat Ramon Llull in Catalunya and a Masters from Stanford University. His work has been featured at the Deutsches Technikmuseum (Berlin), Rencontres Internationales at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Darmst├Ądter Tage der Fotografie, among others. He is the recipient of the National Award of Professional Photography in Spain and the Jury’s Special Award in Fotofestiwal, Poland. His artworks are held in several notable collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museu de Arte Modena do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; and the Deutsches Technikmuseum. De Esteban’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide, and featured widely in the press and media. His monograph Heads Will Roll, was recently selected as a photo-book of the year by LensCulture. Max de Esteban lives and works in Barcelona, Spain, and is represented in the United States by Klompching Gallery.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Last Day of Annual Summer Show is Saturday, August 1st

L-R: Kimberly Witham, Ima Mfon, Johanna Warwick,
and Matthew Arnold with gallery owner, Darren Ching.

We are delighted with the wonderful response to this year's FRESH Summer Show, presented in our newly-opened street-level space, in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. We urge our readers to drop by the gallery and see the exhibition, before it closes on Saturday, August 1st.

All of the work on display is for sale, making this an excellent opportunity to acquire artworks from five outstanding photographic artists. Price range in the show is $1,300 - $3,900, inclusive of mounting/framing. We're open Wed–Sat, 11am–6pm and also by appointment for acquisition appointments. 

Online press coverage of the exhibition can be found on the following sites:

Friday, July 10, 2015


"If A Picture Says a 1000 Words,
the Klompching Gallery Has Plenty to Say"
Ratasha Smith, Long Island For Sale

Image: Installation view of the Gallery ©Klompching Gallery

Owner of the Klompching Gallery, Debra Klomp Ching, was recently interviewed for the 'Long Island For Sale' Real Estate website. In the interview with Ratasha Smith, she is asked about what makes the gallery stand out from other galleries.
"We stand out because we carry such an excellent roster of artists producing outstanding work. Many of our artists are established, with strong visual voices, and who have been producing for many years. For example, our artist Helen Sear, has a 30 year history of producing/exhibiting and is currently representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition. We are well known for the thoughtful curation that stands behind each of our exhibitoins, which not only take account of the artist's vision, but the interplay between the artworks and our physical gallery space. And, in some ways also stand out for being pioneers — in that we launched the gallery in 2007 in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. Not Chelsea. We're still located here and thriving".—Debra Klomp Ching
The link to the full interview is here.