On May 16th, M.I.S.S. was invited to Aperture Gallery in Chelsea to check out the newest exhibit, The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, curated by Lyle Rexer. The series of photographs focused on a “form of abstraction”, with some approaches including playing with found images, digital soundscapes of field recordings, physically altering photographic images, and photographs of paused video. The theme of the night definitely focused on “the art if seeing.” The artwork asked if we as an audience needed to always see something and wonder “what is it”? in order to tell if we like what we are seeing. A quote by Henry Holmes Smith affirmed that art is only ready to be appreciated “whenever one is ready to see the tangible and inconsequential as intangible and consequential.”
There were numerous standout pieces of the evening. Charles Lindsay did a group of Carbon soundscapes in which he recorded things like a rivers, fires, insects, and birds, and photographed the soundwaves they made. Carel Balth worked with “videowatercolors” for “Madrid” in which he pieced together and photographed an archive of digital still images he extracted from video. Yet one of the most intriguing pieces was by Penelope Umbrico – he pulled pictures of TVs that were on Craigslist and collaged them together so that the degraded images of the ghostly tvs almost looked like a map of the constellations from far away.
The night was very intriguing, and the artwork is still up, so go and check it out if you get a chance! Please visit the Aperture Gallery website for more information.
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