Secession Secession
May 4 - June 30, 2013
Secession Secession
Secession Secession
Secession Secession
Secession Secession
Secession Secession
Secession Secession  Roger Ballen
<i>Bent back</i>, 2001
selenium toned gelatin silver print
28 x 28 inches
71.1 x 71.1 cm
Secession Secession  Roger Ballen
<i>Animal abstraction</i>, 2002
selenium toned gelatin silver print
15 x 15 inches
38.1 x 38.1 cm
Secession Secession  Winona Barton-Ballentine
<i>Home Study #8</i>, 2013
archival inkjet print
21 x 14 inches
53.3 x 35.6 cm
Secession Secession  Claude Cahun
<i>Untitled (variant of "Military Tailors," catalogue raisonné plate 246)</i>, ca. 1936
vintage gelatin silver print
4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches
10.8 x 8.3 cm
Secession Secession  Claude Cahun
<i>Heure des fleurs ["The Hour of Flowers"]</i>, 1936
hand-colored vintage gelatin silver print with pencil mounted on brown stock
11 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches
29.5 x 22.2 cm
Secession Secession  Claude Cahun
<i>La Chambre du chat ["The Cat's Room"]</i>, 1940
vintage gelatin silver print
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
16.5 x 21.6 cm
Secession Secession  Colin Doyle
<i>Shower Caddy</i>, 2010
archival inkjet print
20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Secession Secession  Nancy de Holl
<i>Contemporary Apartments</i>, 2009
pigment print
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm
Secession Secession  Nancy de Holl
<i>Private Stock</i>, 2012
pigment print
21 x 16 inches
53.3 x 40.6 cm
Secession Secession  Kate Drendel
<i>Astral</i>, 2009
c-print
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm
Secession Secession  Kate Drendel
<i>Self-portrait (Berlin)</i>, 2008
c-print
11 x 14 inches
27.9 x 35.6 cm
Secession Secession  Kyle Knodell
<i>Tribeca Pediatrics</i>, 2011
digital c-print
19 x 16 inches
48.3 x 40.6 cm
Secession Secession  Kyle Knodell
<i>C-Print, Pins, Bag, Pencil</i>, 2011
digital c-print
19 x 16 inches
48.3 x 40.6 cm
Secession Secession  Kyle Knodell
<i>Dishes</i>, 2010
digital c-print
19 x 16 inches
48.3 x 40.6 cm
Secession Secession  Deana Lawson
<i>Flex</i>, 2010
pigment print
33 x 41 inches
83.8 x 104.1 cm
Secession Secession  William Mortensen
<i>Bubalyat of Omar Khayyam</i>, 1935 
gelatin silver print 
19 1/4 x 16 inches 
48.9 x 40.6 cm
Secession Secession  William Mortensen
<i>Patricia</i>, 1935
gelatin silver print 
13 1/2 x 10 inches 
34.3 x 25.4 cm
Secession Secession  William Mortensen
<i>Mary of Magdala</i>, 1935
gelatin silver print
13 1/2 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm
Secession Secession  William Mortensen
<i>La Chatte</i>, 1935
gelatin silver print
13 1/2 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm
Secession Secession  Ben Ruggiero 
<i>Studio Wall (collaboration with Rosie Cardenas)</i>, 2013
c-print 
14 x 11 inches 
35.6 x 27.9 cm
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Roger Ballen
Bent back, 2001
selenium toned gelatin silver print
28 x 28 inches
71.1 x 71.1 cm

Roger Ballen
Animal abstraction, 2002
selenium toned gelatin silver print
15 x 15 inches
38.1 x 38.1 cm

Winona Barton-Ballentine
Home Study #8, 2013
archival inkjet print
21 x 14 inches
53.3 x 35.6 cm

Claude Cahun
Untitled (variant of "Military Tailors," catalogue raisonné plate 246), ca. 1936
vintage gelatin silver print
4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches
10.8 x 8.3 cm

Claude Cahun
Heure des fleurs ["The Hour of Flowers"], 1936
hand-colored vintage gelatin silver print with pencil mounted on brown stock
11 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches
29.5 x 22.2 cm

Claude Cahun
La Chambre du chat ["The Cat's Room"], 1940
vintage gelatin silver print
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
16.5 x 21.6 cm

Colin Doyle
Shower Caddy, 2010
archival inkjet print
20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 cm

Nancy de Holl
Contemporary Apartments, 2009
pigment print
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

Nancy de Holl
Private Stock, 2012
pigment print
21 x 16 inches
53.3 x 40.6 cm

Kate Drendel
Astral, 2009
c-print
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

Kate Drendel
Self-portrait (Berlin), 2008
c-print
11 x 14 inches
27.9 x 35.6 cm

Kyle Knodell
Tribeca Pediatrics, 2011
digital c-print
19 x 16 inches
48.3 x 40.6 cm

Kyle Knodell
C-Print, Pins, Bag, Pencil, 2011
digital c-print
19 x 16 inches
48.3 x 40.6 cm

Kyle Knodell
Dishes, 2010
digital c-print
19 x 16 inches
48.3 x 40.6 cm

Deana Lawson
Flex, 2010
pigment print
33 x 41 inches
83.8 x 104.1 cm

William Mortensen
Bubalyat of Omar Khayyam, 1935
gelatin silver print
19 1/4 x 16 inches
48.9 x 40.6 cm

William Mortensen
Patricia, 1935
gelatin silver print
13 1/2 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm

William Mortensen
Mary of Magdala, 1935
gelatin silver print
13 1/2 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm

William Mortensen
La Chatte, 1935
gelatin silver print
13 1/2 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm

Ben Ruggiero
Studio Wall (collaboration with Rosie Cardenas), 2013
c-print
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

 
Press Release

Fitzroy Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Secession Secession, organized by Colby Bird and featuring artists Roger Ballen, Winona Barton-Ballentine, Claude Cahun, Colin Doyle, Kate Drendel, Nancy de Holl, Kyle Knodell, Deana Lawson, Leigh Ledare, William Mortensen, and Ben Ruggiero.

Secession Secession is a group exhibition of photo-based artists who combine a keen eye for formal qualities with a pluralism of technique. Through deliberate and often awkward lighting and framing methods, plus a willingness by the artist to confront the act of photographing, these artists address the reflexivity inherent to the medium.

This focus on the mythos and artifice of the studio-setup encourages a multi-layered reading of the works -- addressing the subject, the artist, and the image itself. Surrealist photographers of the early 1900s provide a historical context for many of these artists, through their presentation of the figure and the emphasis on emotion and sexuality. Many of the works in Secession Secession use the vocabulary of cinema, by drawing attention to human emotion and an often theatrical approach to the representation of reality, with an inclination toward decadent and debased subject matter. A presentation of all of the works on a thin shelf, running the length of all the walls of the gallery, provides for a reading of the images as both window and object.

The title of the show originates from the “Photo Secession” group founded by Alfred Stieglitz in the early 1900s. These artists were adherents to the Pictorialist philosophy that photographs were of equal artistic value to painting, and painterly techniques were utilized, such as scratching, toning, and otherwise altering the image. Years later, through his own practice and through his publication “Camera Work”, Stieglitz began to distance himself from the Pictorialists and put his focus instead on the value of the “straight image”. Secession Secession is a contemporary interpretation of such a departure, and a re-statement of the value and definition of the “straight” photographic image.

Secession Secession will be on view May 4 through June 30, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 4 from 6 - 8pm.