MYSTERY: Photography and Video
10 July - 10 August 2007
Frederieke Taylor Gallery is pleased to present Mystery, a group show of photography and video featuring twelve artists, curated by George Spencer.
An uncanny feeling of dislocation of the familiar pervades the works selected for the show. Stark landscapes, glimpses into domestic daily routines, levitating buildings, voyeuristic views, all seem to offer clues to the "who, what, where, and when" of life today. Questioning our own lives, we are searching for an answer to the unknown in the mystery of others. Artists included in the exhibition are: Victoria Fu, Daniel Gordon, Eniko Hangay, Jeremy Helton, Wayne Hodge, Katrin Korfmann, Sangbin Im, Bill Jacobson, Matthew Pillsbury, Ray Rapp, Matthew Schenning and Evan Schwartz.
Victoria Fu's short films and photographs are grounded in everyday situations, yet manage to make the viewer feel an undercurrent of anxiety about what is not being shown or explained.
Daniel Gordon creates a disjointed viewing experience by photographing temporary sculptures pieced together from other photographs, usually found on the internet.
Hungarian artist, living in New York, Eniko Hangay is interested in recording the overlooked aspects and details of daily life in an urban environment. By the simple act of looking and with the transformative power of light, even the most mundane moments of the day-to-day experience can reveal wonder.
The photographs of Jeremy Helton focus on perception and memory, creating environments where an immediate and present experience is connected to an implied and sometimes fictionalized past as interlocking points of reference. For his work in this show, the artist shows large Polaroids of videos, originally shot on Super 8 film.
Wayne Hodge extracts film shorts from the twenties and thirties that have been created out of historical circumstance. Here, he presents a meditation on Orientalist fantasy based on "Princess Tam Tam"(1935), featuring Josephine Baker. She looks to the east and to the west via multiple layers of her gaze which take on ornamental and fantastic proportions.
Sangbin Im, a Korean artist living in New York, digitally manipulates photographs of buildings from Seoul and New York to create photos that are both playful and epic.
Known for enigmatic images capturing the passage of time, Bill Jacobson's photographs are images of vague recollections and forgotten experiences.
Amsterdam-based artist, Katrin Korfmann, creates disjointed views of places by presenting time-lapsed film strips mounted in lightboxes.
Matthew Pillsbury uses an 8 x10 Camera and available light taking long exposures that range from ten minutes to an hour. The end result contrasts the stark details of the room with ghostly images of people.
Ray Rapp's installation of images on LCD screens, feature clips taken from Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" as well as from the movie "Titus".
Matthew Schenning's photographs examine ideas of time and place, searching for moments of pause in a world moving exponentially faster as time moves forward.
Evan Schwartz's photographs give a glimpse into the lives of cross-dressers. He probes what it means to attempt to inhabit another gender. The subjects of his photographs take on all the accoutrements of women, yet remain resolutely manly; while managing to transcend the artifice to convey warmth and welcome.