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.
In college, one professor regularly told photographer Katherine Wolkoff that she looked like the Belarusian woman whose face represented the nation on a 1975 National Geographic map that hung in a history department office. Her father’s family had in fact emigrated from Belarus in 1906, but growing up, Wolkoff had never considered it part of her cultural identity.
That changed after her father, whom she had always looked like, passed away in 2010. Suddenly, Wolkoff became interested in traveling to Belarus in search of other women who looked like her. “It was inspired by the idea of tracing this abstract family tree,” she says. “Sort of like finding this extended family that didn’t exist.”
In July, Wolkoff spent 10 days in Belarus photographing more than 50 women who shared her physical traits. With the help of a 25-year-old Belarusian guide and social media—and the sole stipulation that the women have blonde hair, be it natural or dyed—the photographer made a series of minimal but captivating portraits collectively called ‘My Belarusian Brides,’ a title that touches on family and the nation’s booming mail-order bride business.
Wolkoff traveled with a digital Hasselblad HD40 camera, which allowed her to see the images instantly. “I photographed a woman in front of these trees, and it became so clear that this was the image I’d intended to make,” she says. And to bring the idea of family full circle, Wolkoff even created a self-portrait for LightBox, capturing herself in the same light and setting seen in the series.
Some women showed up all dressed up and in full makeup, and many brought their friends or boyfriends. “In part, I think the shoot was a moment of fantasy for them—like the Hollywood fantasy of being photographed,” Wolkoff says. “Belarus is a pretty repressed society, particularly for women, and I think this was a moment of expression and excitement for them”
Wolkoff says she saw a piece of herself in each of the women she photographed, from the tenderly awkward teenager eating an ice cream cone, to the older, self-assured Svetlana who arrived in coral lipstick. “It was an incredible look at aging process—to see these women who weren’t my relatives, but looked very much like me,” she says. “It’s as if we were an ephemeral family.”
Katherine Wolkoff is a photographer based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
studio transforms into an alternative gallery space to display his work. I am featuring one of his series, Ride, about the experience of day to day travel on the NYC subway system.
Design at SUNY Purchase in New York. Inspired by street photography,
his work explores urban, suburban, and rural subjects. The work –
primarily in large format – has been exhibited widely, including Sasha
Wolf Gallery, Kris Graves Projects, and The Neuberger Museum of Art.
Licari has worked for the Guggenheim Museum and the Richard Avedon
Foundation, and currently serves as the Programs Chair of ASMP. He currently lives, works and travels between Richmond, Virginia and New York City.
One of the best rewards of being in Boston last week was meeting photographers. I’ve been a fan of Matthew Gamber and his compelling imagery that challenges us to rethink how we see, think about and perceive color, so it was great to finally put a name to a face at the Flash Forward Festival.
Matthew holds a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. His star is on the rise as his work seems to be everywhere: included in the 2012 deCordova Biennial, the the Abstract Photography Then and Now exhibition at the deCordova, at the Flash Forward 2011 Exhibition, and last year at the Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York. He has also been granted numerous awards and fellowships, and just got off the plane from Santa Fe, where he attended Review Santa Fe.
The photographs in Any Color You Like are an experiment in how photography can confuse our perception of information. These photographs represent objects whose primary function is to simulate our observation of color. When these items are rendered in a traditional black–and–white format, the information that remains is merely an abstraction of its previous form.
Katherine Wolkoff’s photographs have been widely exhibited, including exhibitions at the Sasha Wolf Gallery, Danziger Projects, the New York Photo Festival, and Women in Photography. Her photographs are included in the collections of the Addison Gallery of Art and the Norton Museum of Art. Born in 1976, Wolkoff graduated from Barnard College and received her MFA in photography from Yale School of Art in 2003. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
American Kestral, 2011, Katherine Wolkoff
Exhibition on view:
March 8April 28, 2012
Sasha Wolf Gallery
548 West 28 St
New York, NY
Cause of death: flew into a lighthouse, death by cat, death by telephone wire. The origin of death to the birds of Block Island is recorded by infatuated gatherer Elizabeth Dickens. She finds, stuffs, and lives with these perished animals. article writing submission . Photographer Katherine Wolkoff befriended Dickens and began photographing her taxidermies. The images are inherently proper and documentary though they reveal a particular affection for the subject matter. The proposed silhouette displays how a birdwatcher identifies the species in the wild. Stark white backgrounds, jet black surfaces, and a hint of back-lighting suggest an intimate relationship between the viewer and the bird offering another existence underneath the lifeless figure.
The exhibition titled, Found will be presented by the Sasha Wolf Gallery.
Wolkoffs series After the Storm, documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was featured in Aperture issue 184.
1. There’s a lot going on in Philadelphia (Philthy to those who dare) this weekend. My main pick is Soft Smoke Rises in Gay Rings Above the Roof at Bodega. The show features work by Heidi Norton, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Stephen Eichhorn and Ryan Fenchel.
Soft Smoke Rises in Gay Rings Above the Roof
3. NEXT THURSDAY, The Sum of All Colors opens at Sasha Wolf Gallery. The show features work by Jessica Eaton, Matthew gamber and Bill Sullivan.
4. ALSO NEXT THURSDAY AND ALSO IN PHILLY, Breadboard is hooking up with the Virtual Public Art Project (VPAP) to launch a city-wide Augmented Reality (AR) exhibit as part of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Over 30 virtual art sculptures will be located around the city of Philadelphia and can be viewed via VPAP’s free Layar App for most iPhone and Android smartphone devices. THIS IS GONNA BE AWESOME!
5. Browse the Brooklyn Academy of Music fundraising auction powered by BiddingForGood and bid on items to help support this cause!! Bidding closes April 10th.
6. Do not miss stunning work from Carlos Reyes, Ben Schumacher, Jo-ey Tang and David J Merritt at the NYU Steinhardt MFA Thesis Exhibition (Part 1). The show closes April 9th.
7. Antenne Books just launched their new and improved website with new titles from Ryan McGinely, Henry Roy and more!
8. The New York Photo Awards, one of the most dynamic and sought-after showcases for emerging photographers from all over the world, is open for submissions! Deadline for submitting photographs and digital images will be April 25, 2011 at midnight.
9. LAST CHANCE! Now until midnight, join 3rd Ward with no commitment necessary and submit your work for our Open Call Early Entry Award.
10. LAST CHANCE!! Lay Flat pledges to donate 50% of all sales from March 11th through March 31st towards the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.