News: Christiane Feser: Nachbilder, November 16, 2022 - NEW EDITION AVAILABLE

Christiane Feser: Nachbilder

November 16, 2022 - NEW EDITION AVAILABLE

A trace of something you have seen,
something you can see even though the thing itself is already gone.

Christiane Feser creates three-dimensional photographic based work that challenges our perception of dimension and perspective. With Nachbilder, Feser has created a suite of three works based on a hand drawn grid with nuances of light and shadow and pattern. What at first seems to be perspectival and to follow a pattern is revealed as something that doesn’t follow the rules of perspective or any order. What seems to have depth is sometimes flat and what seems flat sometimes has dimension. What seems mechanically made and perfect is full of texture, process marks and imperfection. The works are therefore about both photography and sculpture. They are simultaneously images and objects that play with flatness and depth, and engage with histories of the photograph as a physical thing in space.

Each work in Nachbilder starts with a drawing of a grid with shaded squares. Feser distorts the paper from a flat plane into a sort of topography. The shading suggest dimension but it doesn’t always follow the dimension of the distortions. In addition, Feser lights it, creating shadows that complicates our perception of the shading as drawing or part of the shadow or both. Feser photographs the assemblage, thus flattening the sculptural object through the act of photography. She makes two prints of the image. One print on thin translucent Japanese paper is mounted with distance on the other print of the same image on regular weight Hahnemühle fine art paper. This reconstitutes a physical dimension in a new way by turning the photograph into a relief sculpture. Feser further confounds the rules of optics by cutting out some of the squares in the thin top layer. The “holes” appear sharper since there is no thin translucent layer of image. Depending upon how the piece is lit, the “holes” also create shadows that change with the light. Though each of the three works is created in an edition of 5, each piece is unique because the process creates variations.

Feser was born in Würzburg, Germany in 1977 and studied photography at the Offenbach University of Art and Design. She had a solo exhibition at Opelvillen, Rüsselsehim, Germany in 2019 and was included in the exhibition Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography at The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA in 2018. Other museum exhibitions include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze, Italy; the Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany; Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Museum for Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany. Her work is in the public collections of Brown University, DZ Bank Art Collection, J. Paul Getty Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Foundation Juan March, Fotografische Sammlung Schloss Kummerow, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Mönchehaus Museum, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien.

Allen Frame: Whereupon in COLLECTOR DAILY

October 7, 2022 - Loring Knoblauch

...Frame can turn a figure toward solitary contemplation, or add a layer of psychological tension or subtle romance to a passing encounter. In a sense, this control feels almost theatrical, with Frame orchestrating the scenes like stage sets; in practice, it was surely more improvisational than that, but the best of the moments feel elegantly synchronized, with action and atmosphere aligned in ways that support each other.

The more time I’ve spent looking at these photographs, the more I’ve become enthralled by their moods. Yes, this is a visual diary of sorts, with lives and friendships seen up close, but Frame hasn’t just made raw documentation for the sake of some misplaced adherence to authenticity and grit. Instead, he has allowed himself to infuse these pictures with serenity and longing, finding moments inside tumultuous young lives where something extremely subtle is taking place, and then opening up those instants into something freer. In this way, he’s made their spaces roomier and more unstable – cinematic, but also gently attentive to the things unspoken and only ephemerally visible.

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Allen Frame: Whereupon in PHOTOGRAPH

October 1, 2022 - David Rosenberg

...Still, there is a precision to these images, a sense that Frame is deliberately investigating those liminal, transient moments in our lives. It’s hard not to look at these images and consider how they would have been taken and edited today, in a world in which our every moment is captured and shared. What is wonderful about the images in Whereupon is that we don’t need to know more. We have been given an introduction to the lives of these subjects, and that feels like enough.

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News: ALLEN FRAME in APARTAMENTO, May 20, 2022 - Allen Frame remembers an artist, DARREL ELLIS


May 20, 2022 - Allen Frame remembers an artist, DARREL ELLIS

I first met Darrel Ellis in 1981. I was 30 and he was almost 23. He had just broken up with the actor José Rafael Arango and we were at an East Village neighbourhood gay bar called The Bar, at 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street, half a block from José’s apartment. The Bar had been in existence just a few years and had become a popular, low- key hangout with a pool table and jukebox, notable for the actors, artists, and writers who frequented it, including Peter Hujar, John Heys, Bill Rice, Jim Neu, Frank Franca, Bob Gober, Dieter Hall, Ken Tisa, Alvin Baltrop, Stephen Barker, and many others. That night at The Bar I brought Darrel home to my fifth-floor walk-up apartment in the West Village, which I shared with my roommate, an actress from Mississippi named Butch Walker. The bathtub was still in the kitchen. Our relationship started romantically but was very short-lived and quickly changed into a friendship..

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Christiane Feser: Accurate Illusion in COLLECTOR DAILY

April 4, 2022 - Loring Knoblauch

Feser has constructed works that defy our internal logic of perspective, creating apparent rhythms and movements where there are none.

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News: CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL: The Spangle Maker in PHOTO SPARK, February  9, 2022 - Gabriel H. Sanchez


February 9, 2022 - Gabriel H. Sanchez

There’s a certain quality of light that refracts from a pool of water on a warm summer afternoon. With each ripple, a sunbeam dissolves into a universe of radiant sparkle; the effect can be intoxicating. Christopher Russell has leveraged this phenomenon as a window into the sublime. Each picture acts as a kind of mason jar — captured and sealed tight within the frame is something wild and untamed: sun-kissed beams of light, rendered in luminous hues of cyan and magenta, cascading across waves of wind-swept water. 

News: Allen Frame's Fever, November  1, 2021 - Megan N. Liberty

Allen Frame's Fever

November 1, 2021 - Megan N. Liberty

Photographs from 1981 illustrate the artist’s archival care for his community.

...For Frame, this act of archival care carries special weight, since his own creative community’s legacy was disastrously impacted by the AIDS crisis. Curator and scholar Drew Sawyer sets the context for this body of work with his opening essay, focusing on Frame’s milieu and distinct use of color photography: “Part of the pleasure of these photographs for present-day viewers might come from recognizing well-known artists such as Robert Gober or Cady Noland. What made Frame’s psychologically imbedded pictures radical at the time was his use of color and his focus on the private lives of a queer community.” The photographs capture the moment, in the 1980s in downtown New York and Brooklyn, just before there was any awareness of AIDS, how it would remain ignored for so long, and how it would rip through the lives of those pictured. As Frame reflects in the monograph, “We were full of joy and hopefulness about our lives, about what we would accomplish creatively, about our close-knit relationships.”...


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News: ALLEN FRAME: FEVER , October 22, 2021 - Vince Aletti


October 22, 2021 - Vince Aletti

Fever (Matte Editions, 2021) was selected by Vince Aletti as one of his top 10 Photobooks.

Frame’s color photographs of friends hanging out in New York and Brooklyn in 1981 inevitably recall Nan Goldin’s, but his perspective is brighter, less fraught, with darkness all but banished from these naturally lit scenes. Goldin makes a cameo appearance here, but she’s just one of a cast of artists, performers, and writers whose interactions evoke the spirit of this fragile, charged moment: a fever that broke long before the decade was done. —Vince Aletti

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News: Happy 100th Birthday!, September 27, 2021

Happy 100th Birthday!

September 27, 2021

(b. September 27, 1921 – d. September 6, 1997)

In celebration of the centennial of his birth, Gitterman Gallery is proud to acknowledge the distinctive art of Jean-Pierre Sudre.  A masterful technician in the darkroom, Sudre employed and created innovative techniques that amplified the abstract and suggested both spiritual and metaphysical concerns.


September 14, 2021

The SF Camerawork Benefit Auction 2021: The Roof Is on Fire will take place online with Artsy 
September 14 - 28th. 

This year’s auction will feature over 60 works by some of the world’s leading photographers and many of photography's most exciting emerging artists.

Over its 47-year history, SF Camerawork’s mission and programs have been dedicated to offering local artists early career opportunities toward the creation of their important work. This year's Benefit Auction raises crucial funds that directly support image makers, with contributing artists receiving up to 50% of the sale price for their works.

Link to bid on Artsy