Matthew Gamber (b. 1977) holds a BFA from Bowling Green State University, and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. Recent exhibitions include: Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, 2012 The 2012 deCordova Biennial, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, 2012; Flash Forward 2011 Exhibition, Magenta Foundation, Toronto, CA, 2011; The Sum of All Colors, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, 2011. Awards include: Traveling Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2011; Humble Art Foundation, New Photography Grant, 2011; Grant Recipient, LEF Foundation, New England (awarded for Big RED & Shiny), 2007 & 2005.
of Visual Arts. After returning from living and working in Europe, Marc began traveling the
country, concentrating on photographing and documenting American culture. It
was through these travels that Marc began his book project, Nevada Rose which captures the places and personalities of Nevada’s legal brothels.
His work has been seen in the New York Times, Interview,
Time, Stern, D Magazine, The Observer, Inc., Exit, Fortune Small Business, Marie
Claire South Africa and many others. Marc was a recipient of the Magenta Art
Foundation’s 2006 “Flash Forward” award was nominated for the
2009 NY Photo Awards and was an official selection for the 2011 and 2009 Lucie
Awards. Nevada Rose was published by Umbrage Editions in May 2011. On October 4th, Marc will be presenting an illustrated lecture (and book signing) at the Observatory in Brooklyn, NY.
Nevada Rose:PScattered throughout the state of Nevada, tiny desert towns like Pahrump, Ely and Scotty’s Junction are home to the country’s only legal brothels. Legalized prostitution is vitally important to the economic survival of the many counties and towns where they reside. It’s because of this interdependence and tolerance that the Nevada brothels are so deeply rooted in the history and settlement of the American West.
Photographed over the past 5 years, Nevada Rose rolls back the curtain to reveal not just the brothel interiors, but it’s varied cast of characters – the women, the owners, the various workers and even the customers. My goal with the work has been to document the industry as honestly and objectively as I can, neither glorifying nor demonizing the sitters. In the spirit of August Sander and of Bellocq’s images from the Storyville brothels, Nevada Rose is a cultural survey and the only complete photographic document of a slowly fading chapter in American history.
Last month, renowned Swedish photographer J.H. Engström was awarded the Goldene Letter first prize in the Stiftung Buchkunst Best Book Design From All Over the World competition, the Frankfurt-based art foundation’s annual review. His book La résidence was selected by an independent international jury from a pool of 540 photo books from 31 countries. They call it “a fascinating, eye-opening book – interaction without anything having to be plugged in.”
La résidence is comprised of 29 snapshot-like triptych gatefolds interspersed with his typically restrained pictorials on borderless double-page spreads and brief bursts of diary comments. The selection committee writes:
Nothing dramatic takes place, no lessons are being taught – but as each sequence elicits greater curiosity, for the spectator, browsing and folding his or her way through the pages, a personal individual story emerges, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
The haunting, painterly print “CDG/ JHE #41, 2006,” originally featured in Aperture magazine issue 190, shows his efforts at capturing the atmosphere and ambiance of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where much of his childhood was spent, and which he calls a “fantasy landscape”. The series from which it comes, CDG/JHE, “provides an almost abstract definition of the existential homelessness and displacement that is at the heart of J.H. Engström’s work—the source of its tenderness and beauty, as well as its power to unsettle,” writes Martin Jaeggi in his commentary for Aperture.
Three other untitled prints are available as part of the Trying to Dance Portfolio, a selection from the series which comprises a photojournalistic ‘diary’ of his life: landscapes, still-lives, self-portraits, and snapshots of friends produce a loose narrative, recording not only the artist’s individual experiences, but a sensitive and provocative engagement with the world at large.
Engström’s tendency to utilize small moments in the construction of wide-reaching narratives is recurring in much of his work.
Aperture Foundation is participating in Artlog‘s Chelsea Art Crawl 2011. The evening will feature after-hours access to a mix of Chelsea’s galleries and non-profit spaces. In addition to touring the exhibitions, guests will be able to attend exclusive artist talks and curator tours. The Chelsea Art Museum hosts the after-party where fellow art lovers can mingle and enjoy free drinks and music.
Cristin Tierney (check-in location)
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Marlborough (check-in location)
Flag Art Foundation
Chelsea Art Museum
The Pace Gallery
Yancey Richardson Gallery
Zach Feuer Gallery
Mallick Williams & Co.
Larissa Goldston Gallery
Schroeder Romero & Shredder
6:30-9:00pm: Gallery Crawl & Talks
9:00pm-11:00pm: Party at Chelsea Museum
Tickets are $25 in advance, and you can register online. We hope you can make it!