2017 Programme

 
Alex Kwok, from the series Light Inflections. Debuting at Photo London 2017.

Alex Kwok, from the series Light Inflections. Debuting at Photo London 2017.

 
 
 

 

Ryan Oskin, Subdivision

April 8th – May 11th, 2017

In the project Subdivision, Oskin utilizes architectural renderings – found posted in the public space enclosing worksites throughout New York – to create new blueprints for each site. These blueprints are made into vinyl prints that interrupt and create new spaces within the gallery. The translation of buildings from a two-dimensional surface to a physical entity by architects is mirrored in Oskin’s practice. 

Ryan Oskin investigates natural and constructed spaces through photography, sculpture, and installation. He has had solo shows at the Java Project and The Eagle in Brooklyn, NY that featured work both inside and outdoors. His work has been shown throughout the United States at Aperture Foundation (NYC), Johalla Project (CHI), Press Street (NOLA), Newspace Center for Photography (PDX), and underneath the 6th Street Bridge with Cudahy (LA). He recently completed a year-long residency at ARTHA Project in 2016. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Photography in 2012. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Find out more HERE

 

Alex Kwok, Land's End

May 13th – June 21st, 2017. Opening reception May 13, 6 to 9 pm.

Land’s End is the edge of the oceans, where the land and the sea collide. These are remnants of relentless conflicts between the two elements. With his feet in the ocean looking back towards the land, Alex photographs an earth under continuous erosion. Like lovers, water confronts the land, water caresses the land, and nevertheless water needs the land. The combination of a close up, rotated frame defines seemingly extraterrestrial landscapes, eliminating the tremendous weight and force of the depicted. Land’s End, thus, is as much landscapes of nature as it is portraits of a relationship between the two forces.

Printed on Japanese rice paper, each photograph is rinsed with the ocean water it is geographically taken in. The photographs are then crumbled by hand and sequently released by the material’s inherent tension. Not only does the crumbling references the subject matter, it simultaneously highlights the print’s tactility. The distorted dimensions of the photographic print speaks to the difficulty in the empiricist desire of measuring. The treatment of the photograph makes it dimensionally variable, the same way the land is in a sublime, permanent, and yet, malleable state.

 

PHOTO LONDON 2017

May 17 – 21, 2017, Somerset House, London

In our European Art Fair debut, Rubber Factory is pleased to present an exploration of singular photographic works challenging the notion of photograph as reproducible through Alex Kwok’s “Light Inflection” and Moira McDonald’s “Pacifica” at PHOTO LONDON 2017. 

Moira McDonald places her darkroom trays out overnight to collect small puddles of the clouds to dip her silver papers in. They were then exposed on an overcast day until the fog was either absorbed by the paper or evaporated back into the atmosphere. These photographs are traces of automated nature, of collecting and letting go, of natural breath, of process and of intervention, participation and engagement within the landscape.

In “Light Inflection”, Alex Kwok mimics this cyclical, self referential exploration of the photographic medium except here the fluid, digital future is the counterpoint to Moira’s indexical, analog past. In the simplest sense, these elusive photographs by Alex Kwok explore the rendering of light within the photographic process and the way our brains process this visual information. Kwok begins by photographing a white backdrop with a number of lights equipped with specific color balancing filters, to create a gradient representing the human visible light spectrum in terms of color temperature. These photographs of light are also printed as if they are shadows, further accentuated by its sculptural element. The resulting overall effect blurs the line between image and object. Further, Kwok avoids describing works such as these as abstract since they render a complex and meticulous process concrete. The deferred process of recognition elicits creates uncertainty in our definition of what a photograph can be.

Find out more about Alex's work HERE

Find out more about Moira's work HERE

 

WOMEN IN COLOUR

August – September 2017

RUBBER FACTORY is pleased to present a group exhibition exploring the pioneering role of women in the use of color in photography.

Women of Colour, the British spelling, advances fresh, new scholarship through a distinct and separate category; color, tracing its origins to gender-specificity. Color orbits an artist’s universe; color theory (RGB=YMC) is photography’s planet. The British Victorian, Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was the first woman photographer, albeit camera-less, and the first in color, through the cyanotype method (1842) taught to her by Sir John Herschel. Pioneering his method with Talbot’s photogram (non-color), Atkins created images in Prussian blue that included her handwriting, thus introducing text and image; she also made the first photo-book (1843). These seminal moments in photographic history suggest an innovative use of color  by women within the medium which continues today.

Why do women choose color? Color is technically challenging and expensive, does this fact underscore female power, financial autonomy, breaking taboos of physical strength, visual intelligence and the “woman artist” stereotypes in art, science, and chemistry? What was photography’s role in this? With the recent discovery of tetrachromacy, stating that women with this gene can discern color better than men, who have a higher rate of color-blindness, the hypothesis gains ground. It states the singular recognition of women practitioners, whose historical and contemporary collective contributions in color photography remain under-exposed.

Artists included in the group exhibition:

Amanda Means, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, Ellen Carey, Elinor Carucci, Jan Groover, Liz Nielsen, Laurie Simmons, Patty Carroll, Meghann Riepenhoff, Merry Alpern, Marion Belanger, Moira McDonald, Penelope Umbrico, Renee Cox, Susan Derges, Whitney Hubbs

 

Other programme highlights include:

Kate Stone

Pacifico Silano

Ross Goodwin

Kapil Das