Klompching Gallery presents On Plane View, showcasing the photographs of Max de Esteban and Doug Fogelson.
The exhibition runs concurrently with the prestigious European touring exhibition, Bauhaus und die Fotographie—the key exhibition presented to celebrate 100 years of the Bauhaus. Fogelson and Esteban, are two of the ten contemporary photographers curated into the exhibition, and considered to be exemplars of a new vision in contemporary art. For the exhibition in New York, the gallery brings together a selection of some of the same artworks.
Doug Fogelson’s Forms and Records, explores the physicality and science of the photograph, through a formal exploration of objects, and their re-presentation as photograms. He works with objects that either have a link to the natural world, or with outmoded technology such as vinyl records and architectural forms. The exhibition includes 7 unique silver gelatin photograms and 6 color, limited edition prints made from color transparency photograms. The photograms are created through a series of carefully considered multiple exposures, with the color work incorporating additive color mixing, and blending of light.
Max de Esteban’s four-part series, Propositions, explores technology and its impact on human social engagement. Across the series, de Esteban meticulously constructs photo-assemblages, utilizing the very digital tools being critiqued. The exhibition includes work from Proposition Three: Touch Me Not, which superimposes cell phones, gameboys and other instruments of social engagement. Also presented, is a lushly-colored, large-scale artwork from Proposition Four: Heads Will Roll, with which de Esteban merges and juxtaposes images, text and found objects—resulting in a cacophony of information that is at once dense with information yet visually legible.
Whilst the artists are individually concerned with different narratives, the aesthetics of their work meet via a shared visual concept, that is concerned with a reduction of three-dimensional objects into flattened graphic shapes and the dispensing of linear perspective inherent in Western art.
Max de Esteban’s (b. 1959) work has been featured at the Deutsches Technikmuseum, Recontres Internationales at the Palais de Tokyo, Darmastädter Tage der Fotografie, and La Virreina Centre de la Imatge among others. His artworks are held in several notable collections, including the Museu de Arte Modena do Rio de Janeiro, Deutsches Technikmuseum, Central European House of Photography in Bratislava and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Monographs on his work include Twenty Red Lights (La Virreina Centre de la Imatge—La Fábrica, 2017), Propositions (La Fábrica, 2015), Heads Will Roll (Hatje Cantz, 2014) and Elegies of Manumission (Nazraeli Press, 2012), and is featured in the Dictionary of Spanish Photographers (La Fábrica, 2014). The artist lives and works in Barcelona.
Doug Fogelson’s (b. 1970) artworks have been shown in numerous exhibitions in the US, as well as internationally, including solo shows at the Goethe Institute in Chicago, SFO Museum and the Alpineum Produzentengalerie in Lucerne, Switzerland. Group exhibitions including his work have been shown at the Griffin Museum of Photography and MoCP. Notable collections holding his photographs include the MoCP, J. Paul Getty Museum, The Cleveland Clinic, Deloitte and Elmhurst Art Museum among others. The artist lives and works in Chicago.
Klompching Gallery was established in Dumbo, Brooklyn in September 2007. Owned and operated by Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching, the gallery quickly established itself as a gallery with an extraordinary roster of artists from which to purchase some of the best examples of contemporary photography—with exhibition reviews in publications such as The New Yorker, Art Review, Modern Painters, New York magazine and The Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous notable cultural websites. Since its inception, the gallery has earned a solid reputation for providing informed guidance on the acquisition of contemporary fine art photography.
Max de Esteban – Doug Fogelson : On Plane View
On view until March 9, 2019
89 Waters Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201