The first installment of a continuing theme for future summer shows, Epilogues showcases works by artists who were exhibited at the gallery from 2005 to 2007: Gail Albert Halaban, Jeff Brouws, Mary Mattingly, Laurent Millet and RES. Epilogues presents new works in which, since the time of their solo shows, each artist has continued the themes of the series exhibited. Ranging from social and cultural to natural landscapes, Epilogues reveals traceable threads of style and subject matter for each artist.
Gail Albert Halaban's penchant for photographing the multifaceted urban lives of women trying to balance wealth, opportunity, education, family and self is never more poignant nor complex than in her portraits of mothers living in New York City. Exploring these tensions, Ms. Albert Halaban furthers her exploration of This Stage of Motherhood.
Jeff Brouws captures the tension between neglect, development and responsibility in various manifestations across rural, suburban and urban America. Posing questions relating to sociology, consumerism, and locality his signature mode endures in color photographs that are wrought both with subtle foreboding and rueful lamentation for our national wasteland.
Mary Mattingly further develops Second Nature, constructing and photographing an imagined post-industrial civilization. In barren yet unnervingly beautiful environments, isolated individuals are detached from one another - preoccupied with mere survival. Mattingly's new images are ever compelling as her futuristic vision is increasingly plausible.
Laurent Millet's most recent work pays homage to Bernd & Hilla Becher and Mondrian with straightforward photographs of small painted glass houses. The houses, which the artist constructs as part of his ongoing fascination with the concept of process, offer a sense of whimsical unreality without compromising a sense of architectural space.
RES (in collaboration with Constanza Piaggio) continues to translate iconic works of western art from canvas to photograph. Re-contextualizing familiar imagery while paying homage to the centuries-old process of image-making, res' photographs provoke sexual, philosophical, political and spiritual associations that are as relevant today as those sought by the masters to whom he refers.