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The Night

Mike Crawford London
Boris Eldagsen
Berlin
Christian Kosfeld
Wiesbaden
Xavier Nuez
Chicago

Mit der Ausstellung "The Night" stellt die Galerie Lichtblick vier sehr unterschiedliche Begegnungen mit der Nacht vor. Die Fotografen entführen die Betrachter in Kulissen der Nacht, in innere Realitäten des Unbewussten und Unsagbaren, in Standbilder des alltäglichen Lebens und an verlassene Orte, die geprägt sind von einem Gefühl der Heimatlosigkeit. Ihre Bilder bewegen sich auf der Schnittstelle zwischen Dokument und Fiktion, zwischen gefundenen Momenten und Inszenierungen in urbanen Räumen.

With the exhibition "The Night" Galerie Lichtblick presents four different perceptions of night. The photographers draw the viewer to backdrops of night, to inner realities of the unconscious and unspeakable, to stills of everyday life and abandoned places, showing a feeling of homelessness. Their images are on the edge between document and fiction, between found and staged moments in urban spaces.


Mike Crawford Nocturnes


Mike Crawford, Nocturne

The series Nocturne explores the hidden corners of cities. Observed in the twilight of night; brief glimpses are recorded as darkness encroaches on their streets and buildings. Many images are multilayered, using reflections and shadows to suggest stories within a story, while others are purposely diffuse. Unwanted details are subdued leaving just shoe and form. Photographed in different locations, the viewer is taken on a walk through an imagined city.

The title acknowledges the influence of 19th Century artist James Whistler and his nocturnal portrayal of the river Thames; muted tones appearing both monochromatic and luminous. An additional inspiration is the 1965 Jean-Luc Godard film Alphaville, which placed contemporary Paris at night as the supposed setting of a futuristic, dystopian city.

Mike Crawford is a photographer and specialist printer based in London. He has run Lighthouse Darkroom since 1995 and has printed for many leading photographers, working on numerous exhibitions and publications. In addition, he has held several exhibitions of his own photography, primarily working in urban landscape and portraiture. He has lectured in universities and institutes and is the author of four technical photographic books and numerous articles for photographic magazines..

Christian Kosfeld Kulissen der Nacht, Backdrops of the Night


Christian Kosfeld, Kulissen der Nacht

Die Serie Kulissen der Nacht lässt Visionen des Urbanen in menschenleeren Stadträumen entstehen. Die Wahrnehmung der Räume verändert sich in der Nacht. Durch die gegebene Beleuchtung werden Akzente gesetzt. Bereiche versinken in Dunkelheit und verschleiern dadurch die funktionalen Bezüge dessen, was sichtbar bleibt. Anderes tritt hervor. Schatten formen Neues. Unbelebte Objekte erhalten Subjektcharakter. Bis zum Morgengrauen verwandelt sich die urbane Landschaft in eine Kulisse und wird zur Projektionsfläche für unsere ganz persönlichen Vorstellungen und Visionen.

The series Backdrops of the Night lets emerge visions of urbanity in deserted urban spaces. The perception of these spaces changes at night-time. The available light places emphases. Certain parts disappear into darkness, disguising the functional reference of what is left visible. Other parts are highlighted. Shadows shape something new. Inanimate objects get subject character. Until dawn the urban landscape evolves into a backdrop and becomes a projection space for our personal imaginations and visions.

Christian Kosfeld war mit seinen Fotos beteiligt an Ausstellungen der Galerie Ruhnke, Potsdam, der Neuen Schule für Fotografie, Berlin, der Galerie Lichtblick, Köln, des Kolga Photo Festivals, Tiflis / Georgien, des Goethehauses, Frankfurt am Main.

Boris Eldagsen how to disappear completely / THE POEMS


Boris Eldagsen how to disappear completely / THE POEMS

Boris Eldagsens Fotografien fragen, was abbildbar ist. Sie benutzen die äußere Realität, verdichten dabei aber innere Realität: das Unbewusste, Archetypische und Unsagbare. Eldagsen vereinigt Street Photography mit Inszenierter Fotografie und erschafft ohne Materialschlachten oder digitale Effekte spektakuläre und traumhafte Bilder. Die fotografischen Mittel von Licht und Schatten werden dabei zu symbolischen Trägern von Zwischenmomenten, die dem rationalen Denken unzugänglich sind und den Betrachter zwingen, auf die eigene Erinnerung und das eigene Gefühl zurückzugreifen.
Abseits aller Moden und Strömungen schafft Eldagsen eine alchemistische Verbindung von Malerei, Film und Theater, die sich nur schwer ein- oder zuordnen lässt.
 
Boris Eldagsen studierte Philosophie und Bildende Kunst in Mainz, Köln, Prag und Hyderabad. Der Foto- und Videokünstler lebt und arbeitet in Berlin.
Bisher wurden seine Arbeiten im Fridericianum Kassel, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, MAK Wien, Edinburgh Art Festival, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Australian Centre of Photography Sydney, Biennale Le Havre, und der Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth ausgestellt.
Eldagsen unterrichtete an der Sommerakademie des Fotoforums Frankfurt, dem Victorian College of the Arts & Music / Melbourne, der Akademie für Bildende Kunst / Mainz, der Hochschule Furtwangen, dem Photograph Studies College Melbourne, RMIT University und Monash University Melbourne.

Xavier Nuez Alleys & Ruins


Xavier Nuez Alleys & Ruins

Long after dark, I venture into bleak urban settings, seeking out their elusive splendor. With the city humming in the background, I find inspiration, peace and refuge where none should exist. My determined and intense outings often lead to journeys into dangerous neighborhoods, at times resulting in trouble. I’ve run from street gangs, been accosted by crazed drug addicts, and have had guns pointed at me. If the police see me lurking in a dark alley, I am often questioned and searched. With a family history of homelessness, I developed a need to create monuments out of these shunned spaces. Although positive, life-affirming perceptions are not usually associated with acute urban blight, I feel compelled to dignify what has been rejected. The images in the series are shot in a mostly traditional manner. The photographs are taken at night, using a 50 year old Hasselblad film camera. During the 10 to 30 minute exposures, I walk around with various (colored) lights and shine them on different parts of the scene, adding color and texture to the typically drab locations.

Xavier Nuez’s photographs have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout North America, including the Illinois State Museum in Chicago, IL; the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California; the Attleboro Art Museum in Massachusetts; the San Diego Art Institute; and the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts. His work is in numerous public, corporate and private collections, including those of the University of Richmond Museum in Virginia; the University of Michigan; the Norfolk Southern Collection; the Vicente Fox Center Library and Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico; Mr. Danny DeVito; and Ms. Angela Lansbury. Xavier’s family is from Spain; he was born in Montreal and lives in Chicago.

 
 

Mike Crawford London
Boris Eldagsen Berlin
Christian Kosfeld Wiesbaden
Xavier Nuez Chicago

The Night

08.06. - 21.07.2013

Eröffnung:
08.06.2013 20:00 h


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