Exhibition Review: 303 Gallery - Stephen Shore
Review by: Billy Anania
In 2018, Stephen Shore continues to document scenes of solitude in America. Known for redefining photography’s role in contemporary art, Shore has expanded his vision via new digital technology.
303 Gallery recently premiered their exhibition of Shore’s latest photographs at their West 21st Street location. All photographs in this series were shot with a Hasselblad X1D-50c, a compact mirrorless camera with a touchscreen interface.
Shore is currently the subject of a career-spanning retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. For this exhibition, however, 303 Gallery focuses exclusively on the artist’s current work. In these photos, Shore continues to find new inspiration from his surroundings.
Photographs from this series were taken in New York City, London and regions of Montana. Despite a difference in setting, the photos maintain a centralized focus on particular subjects. Cigarette butts, twigs and scrap metal are shown embedded in dirt and on concrete sidewalks. In many cases, debris conforms with the surface to create a new terrestrial form. The results are occasionally otherworldly, and often enchanting.
Through formal composition and color, Shore reveals the complexity of ordinary objects and places. Littered city streets and nature scenes become works of fine art through his lens. The quality of prints at 303 Gallery further augments the work, revealing details that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Long-time fans of Shore’s work will be delighted to see further explorations from an adventurous mind. And for others, the 303 Gallery show can provide an intimate introduction to a renowned photography icon.