Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Beauty Within

Cara Phillips, whose gorgeous gelatin silver print portraits taken with UV lighting are part of our current group exhibition organized by Michael Hoeh, will will set up her UV studio at the gallery and offer collectors the opportunity to commission an Ultraviolet portrait next Saturday, June 5, 2010. There remains some space available, so please call or email the gallery for cost information and to reserve your spot if you would like to participate.

I'm looking forward to seeing myself under that lighting (I suspect I'll look like a giraffe). It reveals all the freckles and scars (of which I have tons) and skin damage (of which I suspect I have tons), oily patches, etc. that you can't see with the naked eye. Why this ends up being so beautiful is a mystery to me, but this series is getting some nice buzz among the reviews of the show.

Artslant's Yaelle Amir wrote, for example:
Perhaps the most striking images in the exhibition are Cara Phillips’ black and white portraits taken with an ultraviolet light that exposes undetectable skin damage like freckles, sunspots or old scars. Although the portraits reveal blemishes that the sitters most likely wish to conceal—in front of Phillips’ camera the individual’s appear glowing and serene.
Here are a few more of Cara's portraits:
Cara Phillips
Untitled Ultraviolet #147
2010
Gelatin silver print
24" x 30" edition of 5
20" x 24"edition of 8, plus 1 AP


Cara Phillips
Untitled Ultraviolet #60
2010
Gelatin silver print
24" x 30" edition of 5
20" x 24"edition of 8, plus 1 AP


Cara Phillips
Untitled Ultraviolet #40
2010
Gelatin silver print
24" x 30" edition of 5
20" x 24"edition of 8, plus 1 AP

Labels:

5 Comments:

Anonymous Gam said...

aahhhh

... the patina of life!


wonderful!

5/26/2010 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Gam said...

.... for me it is the closed eyes that make for such serenity and trust...

5/26/2010 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Nick Ward said...

These are some of the most interesting portraits I have seen in a while. What a wonderful concept, I love embracing the beauty of imperfections.

5/26/2010 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous John Legweak said...

A lot of photographers are very wary of the concept of pushing the limits of photography. They think it inevitably means getting ever farther away from what photography is really all about. This series by Cara Phillips is a great counter-argument to that view. It pushes the limits to reveal something very human that we could not see with our unaided photographic eyes.

5/26/2010 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous jon gitelson said...

I love this project!

6/05/2010 12:24:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home