The Skull series (1991) is currently on view at Taka Ishii Gallery, in New York, and displayed almost in its entirety. These early works denote the beginning of Stern’s obsession and fascination with the representation of the skull. Aiming to deliteralize what is in front of the lens, Stern takes a very painterly approach to photography. Also on view are works from Stern’s Passage series (2002-2010), in which the artist utilizes a translucent white scrim back-lit by indirect, natural light, producing glowing, often ghost-like images. Her Doppleganger series (2013-2014) depicts human skulls veiled by a thin fabric ; they are combined with a black scrim, and in certain instances, with another skull that has been painted charcoal. These subtle embellishments suggest expressive qualities that resist coming into full focus.
Taka Ishii Gallery
23 E 67th St New York, NY 10065 USA
November 30, 2017 to December 22, 2017