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Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Aperture Gallery & Bookstore 2016 Aperture Summer Open: Photography is Magic

Aperture Gallery & Bookstore 2016 Aperture Summer Open: Photography is Magic

By Elana Kates

© Piper Strasel

© Piper Strasel

On Thursday, July 14th, the Aperture Foundation held the opening reception for its annual Summer Open—an open-submission exhibition featuring the works of a diverse group of photographers—at its Chelsea exhibition space and bookstore. This year’s Summer Open called for submissions considering the optimistic idea of photography as a magical form. Titled Photography Is Magic, the show is curated by Charlotte Cotton, the first curator in residence at ICP’s new Bowery Street location. Photography is Magic alludes to Cotton’s book of the same name, also published by Aperture. 

© Piper Strasel

© Piper Strasel

Cotton, in conversation with Aperture Foundation’s executive director, Chris Boot, comments: “The magic I’m interested in is that which is activated in the viewer—those transformations and awakenings of perception that art and its processes can prompt.” This sentiment was alive and well at the Photography is Magic opening reception. A lively crowd pulsed with conversation and energy in the packed gallery space on Thursday evening. Attendees admired and discussed the always vibrant and often innovatively installed pieces on display. Two images were affixed directly to the wall, sans frame. Another piece, exhibited on the floor. (I saw one visitor stand on top of this work for several moments, entirely unaware of what was under his feet) 

© Piper Strasel

© Piper Strasel

Overall, the atmosphere was as celebratory as the work on display. Featured images were demonstrative and bright, meditating on critical themes within contemporary photography. As Cotton describes, “They invite us to pay attention to the thriving possibility of photography as an experimental platform, rich with materiality and visual sleight of hand.”

 

Participating Photographers:

Delaney Allen / Syl Arena / Lucy Wood Baird / Stella Baraklianou / Amelia Bauer / G. Roland Biermann / Thom Bridge / Radek Brousil / Drew Brown / Bubi Canal / Ellen Carey / Jesse Chehak / Joseph Desler Costa / Adam Ekberg / Annabel Elgar / Ailbhe Greaney / Valerie Green / Jill Greenberg / Aaron Hegert / Matthew Herrmann / Sheree Hovsepian / Noah Jackson / Jessica Labatte / Dionne Lee / Matthew Leifheit and Cynthia Talmadge / Jo Longhurst / Jason Lukas / Chris Maggio / Irene Mamiye / William Miller / Chris Mottalini / Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay / Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup / Zachary Norman / Ryan Oskin / Megan Paetzhold / Meaghann Riepenhoff / Anastasia Samoylova / MIchael Schmid / Marco Scozzaro / Katie Shapiro / Tabitha Soren / Jessica Thalmann Sonja Thomsen / Patricia Voulgaris / Marta Wlusek / Guanyu Xu / Hyounsang Yoo / Junsheng Zhou 

Photography Is Magic is on display from July 14-August 11 2016

 

Article © Elana Kates

Photographs © Piper Strasel

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