November 01, 2005

Musings at MoMA

The New York Museum of Modern Art’s New Photography ’05 features some dynamite recent work. My wife and I checked it out last Sunday following PhotoPlus East.
Robin Rhode brings a new spin to stop motion animations–literally. He sometimes works on vertical surfaces but other times rotates the scene 90 degrees, as in He Got Game (here’s a closer view of one frame) and Brick Flag.
We also enjoyed the work of Carlos Garaicoa, who explores structure, progress, and the lack thereof in his native Cuba. He combines 2D photography with extremely delicate 3D pin-and-thread overlays that outline the architectural vision, contrasted with what remains of it. For example, the uncompleted half of an abruptly halted circular apartment block hangs in space, carefully laid out in silver thread. I can’t find examples online (not that they’d do it justice, actually), so it’s well worth seeing in person.
Obligatory computer dork remark: These ethereal overlays struck me as uncannily similar to the grids one can create in Vanishing Point. And the process of drawing by combining pins and threads seemed like a literal interpretation of what people said about early vector-editing software.
One other bit: The Morning News has posted New York Changing, a gallery and interview with photographer Douglas Levere, who rephotographed Berenice Abbott’s pictures of 1930s New York. If you’re interested in the city, the site is well worth a look.

Posted by John Nack at 10:01 AM on November 01, 2005


  • Bill McDaniel — 9:46 AM on November 02, 2005

    Thanks for the entry on the MOMA’s exhibit and in particular the mention of the Morning News Abbott exhibit.
    I collect fine art phtography and love both Abbott’s and Bourke-White’s New York views. They truly caught the spirit of expansion and growth in the 30’s as NY worked is way through the depression.
    I really enjoyed looking through the gallery and I hope to get to the MOMA sometime too.

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