The gallery Reflex Amsterdam presents Gregory Crewdson. The focus of the solo exhibition, until 6 May, is Crewdson’s new series of works Eveningside (2021-2022), but spans both of the gallery’s locations, and will also feature a selection from previous bodies of work, including Beneath the Roses (2003-2008) and Cathedral of the Pines (2013-2014). The visual artist is renowned for his cinematographically staged photographs.
In Eveningside (2021-2022), Crewdson explores moments of contemplation within the confines of quotidian life; in places of employment, and in moments just outside of those work structures. The figures populating the pictures are sparse, and are often seen through storefront windows, in mirror reflections, or positioned underneath the mundane proscenium found in the midst of their everyday routines: railroad bridges, doorways, porches, the overhanging roofline of a bank teller drive-through, a dairy bar, a corner market, or a hardware store.
Bringing his vantage point closer to the figures, using a heightened range of light and darkness, special effects such as fog, rain, smoke, and haze, and for the first time using his now ubiquitous full production and lighting team in a monochromatic palette, the result is a rich gothic atmosphere, evocative of film noir and classic cinema, but with the capabilities and clarity of the most current technology available in digital photography. Eveningside comprises 20 digital pigment prints, 87.6 x 116.8 cm.
The exhibition takes place simultaneous to the adjacently located Rijksmuseum’s Johannes Vermeer show, an artist who has been an important inspiration for Crewdson, especially when conceiving his series Cathedral of the Pines (2013-2014). The current exhibition at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam offers an exciting context for Crewdson’s work, focusing on aspects of a unique sense of stillness and the wonders of the mundane.
Gregory Crewdson : Eveningside
11 March – 6 May 2023
1017 RX Amsterdam, Netherlands