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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Robin Cracknell at Sous Les Etoiles

Robin Cracknell at Sous Les Etoiles

Image above: ©Robin Cracknell, Jake, Maine, 2014 / Courtesy of Sous Les Etoiles 
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Image above: ©Sang Ha Park, Opening Night, Bottom Right: Artist

(NEW YORK, March 2016) Sous Les Etoiles Gallery was pleased to present “Childhood,” photographer Robin Cracknell’s premiere exhibition with the gallery. “Childhood,” named after the artist’s longterm series documenting the real and staged moments of his son’s early life, will be on view March 10 through April 30.

Robin Cracknell_acid summer, 2010
Robin Cracknell_acid summer, 2010
Image above: ©Robin Cracknell, Acid Summer, 2010 / Courtesy of Sous Les Etoiles

London-based photographer Robin Cracknell explores themes of love, loss and memory using a unique non-digital process combining traditional film photography and cinematography, and shooting with old, sometimes damaged cameras and salvaged 35mm cine film. In his series Childhood, single father Cracknell offers a stylized, personal vision of childhood through the world of his only son Jake. The resulting photographs, whose precise, detail-oriented compositions are balanced by deteriorative alterations to the negative, are neither idyllic nor unhappy. Instead, a strange poetry emerges, hinting the son is likewise observing the growth of his father through the event of the photograph. “Rather than documenting his life in the conventional way photographs do,” Cracknell writes, “I was actually restaging episodes and conjuring feelings from my own childhood. Parenthood does, in mysterious and sometimes unpleasant ways, take us back to our own childhoods....We are sutured into every snapshot we take and every picture, especially of our children, is, in some way, a self-portrait.”

Robin Cracknell_grief tourist, 2012
Robin Cracknell_grief tourist, 2012
Image above: ©Robin Cracknell, Grief Tourist, 2012 / Courtesy of Sous Les Etoiles

Born in India and raised in America, Robin Cracknell moved to London in 1987, where he began collecting discarded film cuttings from the projection booth of the Institute of Contemporary Arts London. These found film cuttings would later serve as the new “emulsion” for Cracknell’s photographic work, which has appeared on several magazine covers and over 300 book jackets. His series Childhood was included in the top ten of over 12,000 artists’ works on Saatchi Art, and was selected for a show curated by readers of The Guardian as well as noted gallerists, critics and artists. His work has since been exhibited internationally, and can be found in several private and public collections including The National Portrait Gallery and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fundacion Privada Sorigue in Spain. A selection of the artist’s notebooks illustrating the process and concept behind Childhood are featured in the acclaimed 2014 Thames and Hudson publication, “Photographers’ Sketchbooks.” Photographs from Childhood will also appear in “Family Photography Now,” the forthcoming anthology by authors Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, to be published in Spring 2016.

Robin Cracknell_swim, 2013
Robin Cracknell_swim, 2013
Image above: ©Robin Cracknell, Swim, 2013 / Courtesy of Sous Les Etoiles
Robin Cracknell: Childhood will be on view at Sous Les Etoiles until April 30, 2016 at 560 Broadway, #603, New York, NY
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