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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Sleep Is Useless at J. Cacciola Gallery

Image Above: Jenny Montgomery, Cats on Steps, 2014. 14 x 14 inches, archival pigment print.

Photography is a timeful art. With each frame the photographer captures a single image in time as it exists in that moment and that moment alone. The idea of New York as the city that never sleeps, a commonly held conception of this city, is a notion that has stood the test of time despite the city's changing landscape. In New York there will always be a light shining from any given apartment window at 3 am. You can always order a pastrami from the corner deli. How, then, can photographers reconcile their very timeful craft with that which will always remain the same, particularly in an iconic city like New York?

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Alan Chimacoff, City Slivers, 2012, 15 x 15 inches, archival pigment print.

 

Sleep Is Useless, the current group exhibition on view at J. Cacciola Gallery, presents images of New York City with a distinct awareness of the constant presence of time. Photographers Michael Massaia, Alan Chimacoff, and Jenny Montgomery capture  New York in both a timeful and timeless fashion. Though their imagery highlights New York's unique, minute-to-minute being, the black and white format of these photographs reference traditional photographic techniques. The images have a classic New York feel, something that reads as somewhat of an oxymoron.

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Michael Massaia, Fall Exit, Deep in a Dream - Central Park series, 2013. 20 x 24 inches, toned silver gelatin print.

 

What one sees in these photographs is a momentary timelessness: Central Park at night, the facades of high rise buildings, a family walking together along the street. New York itself is timeful; no moment is like the next. Yet it is the images of these moments that these artists capture, not the moments themselves, that posses a timelessness.

Sleep Is Useless will be on view at J. Cacciola Gallery through August 30th.

 

Text by Nora Landes

Emerging Artist Interview: Osheen Harruthoonyan

Established Artist: Pierre Molinier