Kinematic Exposures, an exhibition featuring Osceola Refetoff’s ethereal pinhole camera works is currently on view at Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles. The term Kinematic Exposure was coined by the artist to describe the long, handheld exposures he makes while moving about with a camera. Most of the images featured in the exhibition were captured during a recent trip to Antarctica. Osceola Refetoff’s images exist within traditional means – landscape, portraiture, editorial – and are variously produced using film, digital, infrared, and pinhole exposures, according to what best expresses the character of his subjects. Thus, despite his documentarian impulses and the fact that his images deliberately depict quite ordinary, even mundane, subjects, he trains on them a hyper-realistic and nuanced vision, often yielding surreal, even dreamlike images. His process generally happens “in camera,” at the moment of capture, in a kind of alchemical reaction that transforms the external world into something both unchanged and extraordinary, realistic and magical. Refetoff was born in Montreal. He now lives and works in Los Angeles. Since 1995, his work has been widely exhibited, including institutions like the San...
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