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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Slow Photography at Sunday LES NYC

Thanks to the wonderful and fabulous Julien Aleksandres (Flickr:DitMartian), I went to Sunday LES' opening reception for a group show titled Slow Photography:

The phrase, "slow photography," might conjure images of large format cameras or glass plate techniques; even the idea of loading film may seem slow considering the efficient speed in which photographic images are created today. However, another connotation may not allude to a technology so much as it does a sensibility — an approach to understanding particular roles that photographs can play, a methodical and drawn out way to produce paintings. The three artists in Slow Photography use photography as a starting point, taking exorbitant amounts of time to produce ostensible "photos": paintings that appear to translate a photographic record, yet are something else entirely. — Horton & Liu press release

That's how I met Saul Becker:

Saul Becker at Sunday LES / 20090917.10D.54048 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Saul Becker Shore 46x86in | oil on linen on panel

Shore, 2009, Saul Becker at Sunday LES / 20090917.10D.54063.P1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Becker's painting can best be described in geek-speak as a mashup: that they appear to depict an actual space, however, they are in fact a seamless combination of photographs from disparate landscapes. These photos, along with impressions from the artist's memory, create his measured, deliberate and lonely paintings. Becker has an acute disquiet that portrays the landscape as eerily strong and resilient, but never heroic. The photographic vantage point often acts as a subtle overseer, a reminder that the camera has forever distorted how anyone sees nature.

More information about the show
Slow Photography Sep 17 - Oct 11, 2009
Sunday LES, 237 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 +1 212 253 0700

Seen at the opening:

Julien Aleksandres
Julien Aleksandres / 20090917.10D.54035.P1.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Arlene Arboitiz

Arlene Arboitiz + Demian LaPlante / 20090917.10D.54023.P1.C45.BW / JA (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Demian LaPlante

Demian LaPlante / 20090917.10D.54007.P1.SQ.BW / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

SML + Nabil Abdul + Nicholas C. Mathis Photography by Julien Aleksandres (Flickr:DitMartian)

SML + Nabil Abdul + Nicholas C. Mathis / 20090917.10D.54026.P1.CC.BW / JA (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

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+ SML Fine Art (Flickr Group)
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+ SML Flickr Sets: Sunday LES Art Opening Reception / 2009-09-17
+ SML Pro Blog: Art

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