Danziger Gallery presents a series of 20 dye transfer prints by Irish artist Jean Curran – a work of editing and re-presentation that takes key scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” to reveal the cinematographic artistry of the film in a fresh and novel way.
Produced with the full co-operation of the Hitchcock estate, Curran first edited select frames from a rare original Technicolor dye imbibition print of “Vertigo” from 1958, and then printed them using the same dye transfer process by which the movie was made. Editing 20 still images from the hundreds of thousands of frames that make up the film, Curran’s luminously rich prints create a medium-jumping work in its own right.
“Vertigo”, now celebrating its 60th anniversary, is widely recognized as Hitchcock’s greatest achievement. The story follows a police detective (Jimmy Stewart) who falls obsessively in love with the woman he has been paid to follow (Kim Novak). Suffering from traumatic vertigo Stewart fails to prevent Novak’s character from jumping to her death. Stewart then spirals into an ever darker state of despair until a chance sighting of a girl who resembles Novak reignites his passion and unravels a complex web of deceit and crime.
The film’s underlying themes of voyeurism, eroticism and dark emotions are portrayed delicately and with great intelligence through Hitchcock’s rigorously composed shots while his use of color moves the story in masterfully layered compositions.
Recognized by film critics and connoisseurs for the care with which each scene was composed, the single frames and set-ups of “Vertigo” reveal Hitchcock’s aesthetic not just as cinematic but as photographic, prefiguring and even influencing the work of contemporary artists from Eggleston to Cindy Sherman.
Jean Curran – The Vertigo Project.
December 13, 2018 – January 26, 2019
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075