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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

Picturing the Built Environment at Soho Photo Gallery

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.

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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.

Untitled-2Stephen 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.”

  Cuban Family No. 1Maria Cienfuegos, “La familia se retrata”, Portrait of the family, Cuba: 2009-2011, Courtesy of artiest and Soho Photo Gallery, New York

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