About Face: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography

KLOMPCHING GALLERY is pleased to announce About Face: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography, a group exhibition of contemporary fine art photographs.

While the portrait is–on the surface–the central theme of the exhibition, it has been curated with a view to showing artworks that are highly mediated by the photographer, and demonstrate how a human subject is utilized, in putting forward a point of view about a larger concept. 

Featured in the exhibition is the 21-piece Sightlines, by acclaimed British artist Helen Sear, in which she presents portraits of anonymous women, whose faces are obscured by mass-produced birds. With the application of white gesso, each small-scale piece is unique. Inspired by Edward Hopper,Richard Tuschman’s popular Hopper Meditations are quiet dioramas, that portray filmic narratives enhanced by resplendent light. The Invention of Drawing, from the Foreign Body, series by Antony Crossfield, is a sophisticated and challenging large-scale study of the male nude, incorporating an art historical chronicle with complex digital construction.

Re-enactors series by Jim Naughten, of people dressed in WWII clothing, are demonstrable of his interest in collective identity, which he continued to explore in the well received Hereros project. In the intimately-sized Photos of Me Without Me images, Odette Englandexplores presence through absence, by literally cutting herself out of each unique one-off photograph from her childhood. Following on from the successful Doppelgänger series, Cornelia Hediger is showing new work that is monochromatic, and echos the surrealist aesthetic of the 1920’s-1930’s.

With Inframen, Nir Arieli utilizes the affect of the infrared spectrum, to show aspects of the human form that we don’t see with the naked eye.The exhibit also highlights the sublime, richly colored photographs by Frederic Weber, in which he explores birth, life and death. Finally, Max de Esteban presents an assertive portrait of a tattooed woman, from his Elegies of Manumission series, in which he examines the dichotomy of an individual’s pursuit for identity through collective uniformity.