Image above by: (Left) Carol Julien, In Sight; (Right)Mariana Bartolomeo, We, Au Naturel. Courtesy of artist and Soho Photo Gallery, New York. Opening the new year, SPG presents three new artists to the gallery; the images the gallery exhibited at its first Photoville exhibit; a new show by the Professional Woman Photographers organization; and the American debut of Cuban photographer Maria Cienfuegos’s haunting images of Cuban family life.
Steven Gilbert, A Bridge Imagined, Courtesy of artist and Soho Photo Gallery, New York.
“Using parts of the Williamsburg Bridge, I have devised spaces for the imagination to play. People can seem merged with nightmarish steel, while girders and bolts can appear alive with human-like figures or suggest landscapes. These photographs are the unforeseen results of combining multiple exposures in the camera, not calculated computer manipulations in post-production; they were all surprises to me at first sight, as perhaps to you now,” Said Steven Gilbert.
Stephen Rae, Spirit and Grit: India, 1977-78; Soho Photo Gallery, Picturing Built Environment, Courtesy of artist and Soho Photo Gallery, New York.
Maria Cienfuegos says: “I approach my work from the combined influence of art and science. My photographs emerge from these complementary systems. Within this dynamic I am interested in the social/anthropological aspects. I look for places of remembrance and forgetfulness. Photography is my way of revealing memory, in all its complexity.”
Maria Cienfuegos, “La familia se retrata”, Portrait of the family, Cuba: 2009-2011, Courtesy of artiest and Soho Photo Gallery, New York
Opening Images by Patricia Koo