AXOM Gallery & Spectrum Gallery Press Release

September 7 – October 12, 2013

Concurrent Artist Receptions: September 7, 2013  5-8 PM

Spectrum Gallery and AXOM Gallery are pleased to present this dual exhibition of photographic works by master photographer Carl Chiarenza. These critically acclaimed black and white images will be on display at Spectrum and AXOM Galleries both located in the Neighborhood of the Arts.

‘Transmutations’ is a select body of work curated by photography historian Robert Hirsch for exhibition at the University of Buffalo’s Anderson Gallery. This show chronicles Chiarenza’s photography from a pivotal time in his career, in1979, when he shifted from classic documentary style photography to creating the photographic image entirely within his studio through a symbiotic process of creating collages and photographing them with Polaroid type film.

The discovery of this process allowed Chiarenza to develop abstract emotive visions of landscapes that engage the viewer to bring their own interpretations to the work. This exhibition also charts Chiarenza’s move from working with single photographs to the production of larger multiple images that broaden our sense of how time and space can be photographically depicted.

Carl Chiarenza is one of the preeminent photographers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has influenced not only the practice of art but also the study and promotion of photography and his work is collected by major museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum , Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.