Where There’s Smoke

Opening reception: July 10, 5:30–7:30pm. Artists will be in attendance.

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce two exhibitions, curated by Darius Himes (Director). Where There’s Smoke, a group exhibition that gathers together four contemporary photographers: Ruth van Beek, Jason Fulford, Michael Lundgren, and Viviane Sassen, is presented concurrently with Who Do You Love, a solo exhibition of twelve unique pieces by John Gossage.

Where There’s Smoke gathers together four artists who subvert the viewer’s sense of how a photograph can and should operate, both conceptually and perceptually. This is no mere photographic deconstruction, however; a metaphorical intent ricochets through the works. By turns subtle and overt, the imagery both guides and confronts the viewer. The tools employed run the gamut of photographic expression—from hand-collage to the art of sequencing, from the use of reflection and shadow, to chance, suggestion, craft, and, at its most fundamental, a sophisticated intensity of looking.

The title of the exhibition references a common idiom that if something looks wrong, it probably is. In the case of these works, the traditional terms of photography have been abandoned, leaving the viewer initially disoriented. One is led to a set of basic questions: “What am I looking at? Why am I looking at it? Why is it compelling? Is the photographer off-kilter or is the subject? Is this a digital fabrication or did it happen in front of the lens, in real time?” The cumulative sense is that boundaries have expanded, and nascent languages have taken root.

More on the artists:

Ruth van Beek
Jason Fulford
Michael Lundgren
Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen, Axiom R02, 2014
Viviane Sassen, Axiom GB01, 2014
Jason Fulford, San Francisco, CA, 2013
Jason Fulford, Petaluma, CA, 2013
Ruth Van Beek, The Arrangement, 2012
Ruth Van Beek, The Arrangement, 2012
Michael Lundgren, Displace, 2008
Michael Lundgren, Untitled (Earth), 2009