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.
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.
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.