DAVID MITCHELL - The Dog Must Howl:
New Large Scale Photographs Curated by Lyle Rexer
The British-born, Southeast Asia-based photographer makes large, luminous abstractions that look like stained-glass windows designed by a color-field painter. Juxtaposing blocks of hot, cool, and sugar-sweet colors (the spectrum veers from fauve to Necco wafer), he makes images that are at once orderly and trippy. The pictures are Mitchell’s attempt to give form to the auras he experiences as a result of left-temporal-lobe epilepsy, and they sometimes appear more atmospheric than solid, as if they were about to evanesce out of their frames. Through Nov. 2
Dru Arstark/Gallery Director
Sarah Bielicky/Gallery Associate
Jim Kempner Fine Art
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Vince Aletti reviews photography exhibitions for Goings On About Town. In addition to his work for The New Yorker, he reviews photography books for Photograph. His work has also appeared in Aperture, Art + Auction, and photoworks. Aletti was the art editor of the Village Voice from 1994 to 2005 and the paper’s photo critic for twenty years. In 2005, he won the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for writing. He is currently an adjunct curator at I.C.P., where he is working on a series of exhibitions about fashion photography. Aletti lives in Manhattan.
Lyle Rexer is a critic, curator, and lecturer. He was educated at the University of Michigan, Columbia University (from which he holds B.A. and M.A. degrees), and Merton College, Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of several books, including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009), for which he received a grant from the Arts Writers Grant Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation, and Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes (2002), which showcased contemporary photographers working with 19th century photographic techniques. He has published many catalogue essays and hundreds of articles in a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Art in America, Harper’s, Aperture, Modern Painters, Parkett, and Tate, Etc. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including “The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography.” Lyle Rexer teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.