Looking Down

Jay Matusow

Looking Behind the Light

Larry Davis

Looking Closely

Bob Leonard

Looking Up

Arnold Kastenbaum

Looking Narrowly

Susan Bowen

Looking Through

Myra Hafetz

Stories from the Kitchen Table

Astrid Reischwitz

April 2016

Special Gallery themed show, Point of View, and the first winner of the International Portfolio Competition

EXHIBITION DATES: April 6 – 30, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone is welcome.

In April, six Soho Photo Gallery artists each bring us to six very different landscapes, without traveling anywhere at all. In this gallery-wide, themed show entitled Point of View, the photographers work in the context of their very different styles to focus on a physical way of looking (through, narrowly, behind, closely, down) rather than on an abstract idea. Their shows all transform our accessible, mundane world into a personal way of seeing.

All around New York City, in the streets and on the sidewalks, you will find odd, brightly colored spray painted markings. Not grafitti, these symbols actually identify and mark the location of the intricate network of utilities that lie just under the surface of our vast city. These markings are used to identify telecommunications (orange), electricity (red), gas (yellow), sewer (green), drinking water (blue) and proposed routes (white). While seemingly nonsensical to the public, it’s critical that these underground systems are properly marked prior to any repair or construction project. While these modern hieroglyphs have their practical use, I was attracted to the striking colors and fascinating shapes. Some were freshly painted while most had already began to fade. The resulting prints dislodge the symbols from their context, transforming these overlooked and mundane elements into a series of abstractions presented as a tetraptych, an arrangement of four images. My interest is to create an energetic flow among the four images; some undulating, organic and serene while others represent conflict, dynamism and energy.

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