Thursday, April 3, 2014

Recent Exhibitions Featuring the Work of Aitor Orti and Chris Engman

There were two pretty fantastic sounding exhibitions featured on the newsletter for Photography, Film and Video this week (this is a great mailing list to be on, by the way, as they also send out artist opportunities for grants, exhibitions, residencies, education opportunities, etc.).  In light of our conversation regarding the complex relationship around art and photography and the various modes of practice that have become prevalent, the work of Orti and Engman seem particularly apt.

The press release for Ortiz describes his "unrelenting drive to tackle head-on the dilemma between representation and interpretation (perception). In doing so, he forges connections between the content of his images, the physical qualities of the supports he chooses for his works, and the position they occupy in the exhibition space. In consonance, Aitor Ortiz stakes out a broad scope for his work and the relations between the places he photographs, and the conscious and unconscious devices operating in the process of manipulating the image: the eye (interpretation, frame, decontextualisation,…), the photographic camera (focus/out-of-focus, optical distortion, transmission of movement…) and the brain (the limitations of an imperfect device in reading information and its empirical powers: association of concepts...). These relations come together in the exhibition space, where the physical experience once again transcends the actual content of the photographs and becomes part of a process of continuous interaction between representation and the perception of the beholder."

Aitor Ortiz, “NOƚMENOS 003”, 2013 
perforated aluminium plate on lightbox / Aluminum Lochblech auf Lichtbox 
40,9 x 40,9 inches / 104 x 104 cm, Edtion 1/2 (Sourced from press release)
Read more about the work of Ortiz HERE.

Chris Engman, Double Skew, 2014
Digital pigment print
55 x 52.25 x 47 x 37.5 in (Image sourced from

The press release for Engman's exhibition, Ink on Paper, describes it as representing "a temporary shift in [his] artistic practice from photographic documentation of environmental installation phenomena—records of process and the passage of time—to a consideration of photographs themselves as an inherently false, mediated and distancing way to experience the world. By focusing not on outer constructions but on the photograph itself as a constructed challenge to perception, this new body of work continues Engman’s inquiry into the illusive and unknowable nature of reality.

Read more about the work of Engman HERE.

No comments:

Post a Comment