In Situ: Traces of Morandi, by American photographer Catherine Wagner, is the culmination of a two-year residency in Bologna, Italy where the photographer had the rare opportunity to work in the studio of painter Giorgio Morandi. Wagner was able to study Morandi's process and his still lifes while working in situ at his studio and constructed installations with the objects specifically to be photographed. Wagner abstracted these forms both formally and conceptually using colored gels that correspond to the spare but present colors often overlooked in his paintings. She further abstracted the subjects through repetition and the ephemeral nature of shadows. In photographing an inherently immaterial, intangible interaction with light, Wagner made ethereal images in which solid objects appear elusive, caught in the vibratory aura at the edge of a shadow.
Anglim Gilbert Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street San Francisco CA 94107 USA
02 December - 06 January