Landscapes (11 January - 10 February, 2007)
· CV & Bibliography
· Selected Works
· Artist's Website
· Review by R.C. Baker in the Village Voice, NY
Venetia Kapernekas Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Robert McCurdy. The show includes a new series entitled Lansdcapes. These pictures are proto-cinematic landscapes imbedded with a temporal presentness. In them, small objects perform as surrogates, stand-ins for a melodramatic or romanticized reality that lies somewhere between Casper David Friedrich and Hitchcock. Unlike traditional photography, they do not slice time but rather suspend it. The images are stripped of their narrative content to promote an open reading. No specific next moment is implied nor is the situational context described. The viewer must draw meaning from their individual experiences, transferring it to on to the picture to color and sequence the story. In this way, the pictures rely on the idiosyncratic gaze to supply the textual content.
The flower photographs are superficially studies of Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Dutch flower painting. Recreations of historical paintings rooted in centuries old traditions recorded in the neoteric medium of photography, the substance of the works leave one to contemplate the effectiveness of the two mediums and what they each strive to attain, appreciation of beauty, perhaps, or the act of documentation. The viewer is climbing the string that links the past and present.
McCurdy’s images are stark and vacant. His presence lies in the subtleness of limited tonalities he proffers to his audience. He is not a photographer, nor is he a painter, but an artist who uses a chosen medium to manipulate the interaction between the viewer and the artwork.
Something about the work with the National Museum. McCurdy has been exhibiting his photography and paintings for the past thirty years, always continuing his investigation of creating something other than the moment, but by drawing it out, making it resonate into an experience. He has previously shown at the Frye Museum, Seattle; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; Nancy Solomon Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; Le Tresors des Arts, Gstaad, Switzerland; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; and Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, among others. McCurdy attained his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and received an Arts Fellowship from Yale University. This is his second show with Venetia Kapernekas since 2001.
For additional information and photographic material please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.