Under the Sun, an exhibition of photographs by the British artists Christopher Bucklow, Susan Derges, Garry Fabian Miller and Adam Fuss will be on view December 5th, 1996 through January 11th, 1997 at Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary Street, San Francisco. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 104-page catalogue published by Fraenkel Gallery.
Though these four artists are friends, and have been working along related lines for many years, this is the first exhibition to examine their work as a whole. In collaboration with each artist, seven exemplary pictures were selected, charting earliest successes through more recent projects. For the purposes of this exhibition and publication each artist agreed to release works considered pivotal in his or her evolution.
The pictures comprising Under the Sun seem unaligned to most photography of the past one hundred fifty years. They are characterized by a sense of photography distilled to its basic elements, and manifest a peculiar physical presence due in varying degrees to unfamiliar subject matter, assertive use of scale, and vibrant, dramatic color. Often made without a camera, sometimes of nothing more than paper and light, they are grounded in abstraction. But what most distinguishes the work of this “Gang of Four” — Bucklow, Derges, Fabian Miller and Fuss — is their conscious and deliberate engagement with the metaphysical possibilities of the medium.
Though all are British born, Christopher Bucklow currently lives and works in Venice and Adam Fuss in New York City. Susan Derges and Garry Fabian Miller reside in Dartmoor, England.