With a title referencing the mischievous fun of scrawled bathroom graffiti, reading “For a good time call…,” Eric T. White’s new photographic series For A Good Time is a lighthearted and innovative reimagining of the classic nude photograph. Drawing on his own creative childhood play with basic household materials, the series employs bold monochrome seamless reams of paper found in the studio as a minimal yet evocative prop, hiding and revealing various parts of the body through careful draping and cutting of the paper. Through simplified lighting, colors and backgrounds, the subjects’ bodies are stripped from their context, appearing almost abstract. Combining a surreal Pop aesthetic with a palpable sense of spontaneity, the series transforms the nude body into a temporary readymade sculpture, only preserved permanently through photography.
Through his hundreds of vibrant photographic collages, his sculptural nudes in his recent series For A Good Time and his frequent editorial work for magazines such as New York Magazine, Nylon and Paper, New York-based photographer Eric T. White experiments with the possibilities and the limits of the medium, treating photography as a mixed media. Growing up with a lifelong passion for photography, White decided to pursue a career in photography after the death of his uncle who left all his cameras to his nephew. Fascinated by the photographic process while stripping down his own techniques to their basics, White almost exclusively uses on-camera flash, creating a consistent edgy and bold aesthetic through his entire body of work. Not only connecting the various aspects of his unique work, White’s uncomplicated process also allows for the possibility for increased compositional innovation, preserving fleeting playful moments with the lens of his camera. With art historical references from Surrealism to Dada to Pop Art appearing in his work, White’s photography captures the powerful beauty of portraiture whether fracturing the human body through eye-catching collage or redefining the nude through fascinating sculptural forms.
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In conjunction with Studio Sawada’s latest instillation piece at the Park Hyatt in MidTown, Kanae Maeda has brought Hirotoshi Sawada’s ethereal hanging sculptures to the Picture Farm Gallery for the month of September. Private viewings are available, and the gallery will be operating weekend hours. Please contact Kanae at State of Wonder.
“Thaw is an installation by Japanese artist duo Studio Sawada curated by Kanae Maeda. Their first exhibition in United States. The artists continue their exploration of the phenomenological effect created through the accumulation of ice. Made with special processed clear acrylic, each piece is uniquely constructed by free hand. The audience can experience the luster of reflection and shadow within the beauty of the work itself.
A critical feature of their practice is their ability to transform huge quantities of materials into sculptural installations that suggest the wonders of nature.”
On Thursday July 31st PF Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for Scott Duncan’s Touba,his documentary project about Sufi Islam in Senegal. A special screening of the film Touba will be presented Thursday night and the full photography show will be up on the gallery walls through August 29th.
Scott Duncan describes Touba this way:
“Touba, reveals a different face of Islam, one which is so essential in these culturally divisive times. This exhibit chronicles the annual Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy Senegalese city of Touba. The pilgrims travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba. His non-violent resistance to the French colonial persecution of Muslims in the late 19th century inspired a national movement and doctrine. Until this day, freedom of religious expression through pacifism is still practiced by millions of his followers. In light of what’s been happening recently in Mali and the region, these are lessons the world can learn.
In Touba I was enchanted by the vibrant colors, the hot yellow sun, and of course the kindness, generosity and open spirit of the pilgrims. Locals welcomed the pilgrims into their homes for rest and refreshment. Strangers shared what scarce food and water there was to offer. Since my first visit, I have returned to Touba seven times. I befriended the Mouride leadership and gained their trust, and through them, I was honored with unprecedented access to capture the Grand Magaal as a true insider. With this access, I was able to create intimate portraiture of the people of Touba.
This body of photographs was created to honor this special city and its people, and to share the one-of-a-kind experience of Touba with you.”
Scott Duncan is a Director/Cinematographer whose passion for filmmaking and photography knows no boundaries. Over the span of Duncan’s 22-year career, he has received 13 Emmy Awards and 29 nominations, most notably for Individual Achievement in Cinematography and Best Documentary.
Scott’s childhood in St. Croix, USVI has helped to shape his unique impression of the world he sees and the images he creates. Earning his BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts, Scott honed his technical skill and eye for captivating an audience with his artistic use of composition, color and light.
More about Touba from Indiewire, the Hollywood Reporter & IndieNYC.
Like most of us, Cole Barash grew up on a steady diet of action packed Hawaiian surf imagery. Unlike most of us, he took the chance to explore that scene deeper when given the opportunity. Blending a documentarian’s journalistic impulse with an artist’s desire to approach things from nontraditional angles, Cole spent a season on the North Shore in the company of a series of mythical characters like the young surfing phenom and North Shore product John John Florence.
On Thursday night Picture Farm Gallery is excited to present the book launch for Talk Story, a body of work that pulls the viewers deeper “behind all the action” in a refreshingly thoughtful way.
Thursday, July 24 2014 from 6 to 10 PM
It wasn’t so long ago that the people of Williamsburg had a ready-made, family friendly space for World Cup viewing, but with the demise of Zebulon (long may she live) the hole in our heart has only grown wider at the thought of not being able to coral the neighborhood love in one place.
And at Picture Farm we have a few abiding passions, the beautiful game (and enjoying that with our kids) chief among them. And while we may all root for different teams during the world Cup (we’re an exotic bunch, see) we all agree that we’d like to root for them together. With our kids. And our friends. And their kids. And their friends.
Chris Bren and Bill Swartz are dreaming up a community-neighborhood-family friendly viewing situation in the PF Gallery space. Every game of the World Cup will just happen to be on in the gallery. We cordially invite you to join us for a celebration of le foot.
More info coming soon, so stay tuned.