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Making Room

May 25 – June 23, 2018, LES Gallery

Opening Reception

May 25, 5 – 8 PM

Artist’s Panel

June 23, 2 – 4 PM

 

Making Room is the inaugural exhibit by a New York City based collective of photographers. The images in this show are an outgrowth of the ongoing dialogue we have engaged in over the past 2 years. As a group, we create a space to show, critique and support each other’s creative work. The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is an important part of our process, as it is where we meet, and fittingly, the location of our first group exhibition. As photographers, we each have distinctive approaches and conceptual concerns, it is our choice and commitment to making room for our personal work which binds us. The self-imposed deadlines of our meetings encourages us to explore our ideas, by making prints and talking through questions or concerns about our work. Discussing the process of developing ideas and comparing notes about how, why and when we work encourages us to think critically about the approaches we use and the limits we impose on ourselves. We transform our individual worlds through the images we make, while collectively we create, reflect, and challenge what we see.
Marisol Chiang’s images mark a changing neighborhood of the Lower East Side, especially around St. Mark’s Place. It has long been a landmark for different communities of people, cultures, and transformation. In photographing she is looking for the split second when the elements of light, color, place, movement, and individuals collide and create a symphony. One that goes unnoticed if it is not seen and recorded.
While shooting AC Towery is actively creating photographs which are not obvious or easy, responding intuitively to formal qualities including line, color, texture and light. These images are subtle observations made in the physical world, but not seeking to describe or document reality. The images are grouped to create a visual language which encourages the viewer to make their own connections and meanings. Images made by Amy Westpfahl begin as advertisements for luxury real estate in the Sunday New York Times. These images are throughly transformed by selecting and digital manipulating them to enhance their formal qualities, while exaggerating the halftone of the original newsprint. Appropriating these images which are marked to the masses, but obtainable by a select few encourages viewers to reconsider fictional interiors and the values they glorify. This specific place, with its dramatic range of old and new, wealth and poverty is the largest common influence in our images. These bodies of work have grown out of this place where we live, shaped by our experiences and connections in the Lower East Side.

Marisol Chiang
AC Towery
Amy Westpfahl