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September – October 2019 In The Studio

Sara Cwynar’s studio is on the third floor of an artist-filled walkup in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. It’s a small space that’s relatively clean and organized, which is a mild surprise given that Cwynar’s pictures often seem like the work of a hoarder.  As she sits down to talk about Gilded…

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March – April 2019 In The Studio

Odette England makes lists of the things she intends to do to photographs, including burning, scratching, burying, microwaving, and immersing in foul liquids. It’s usually something “terribly mean,” she says, laughing, “but it’s always done with a loving hand.” A paradox of contemporary photography is that while it grows ever…

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November – December 2018 In The Studio

  Photography has endless possibilities, and Maya Rochat is determined to subvert them all. Even as a student at Switzerland’s École Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (Écal), the frame seemed a too restrictive space for her, and she quickly began exploring ways to push the boundaries of the medium. Her investigations…

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July – August 2018 In The Studio

Looking at Felicity Hammond’s photography is an immersive experience that seems to escort us into another age. The London-based photographer uses the word “infiltrate” to describe the almost stealthy way her work engages with a place and invents a middle ground between present and future, collapsing time in the process. …

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May – June 2018 In The Studio

  Time turns into space in Sabrina Gschwandtner’s Film Quilts. To make each “fabric,” Gschwandtner cuts lengths of 16mm footage and sews them, mostly by machine, into traditional patterns and asymmetrical, crazy-quilt designs.  “There’s a time-based element to it,” she says, calculating that a quilt measuring four-by-six feet uses the…

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November – December 2017 In The Studio

Mythology, architecture, Roman Catholicism, immigration, and an impressive collection of glassware all play a part in Robert Calafiore’s opulent photographs. Not to mention plenty of patience. His 30×40-inch, one-of-a-kind C-prints, taken with a pinhole camera that Calafiore built himself, are made with exposures of at least 20 minutes; more often…

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July – August 2017 In The Studio

“You have just stepped into the sorcerer’s workshop,” says Terrie Sultan, director of the Parrish Art Museum. We’re standing on the ground floor of the West Village, three-story studio of the multimedia artist Clifford Ross, who stands nearby, dressed in black, grinning. All around us – and on the floors…

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May – June 2017 In The Studio

While essentially cameraless, Aspen Mays’s work is an uncommonly philosophical meditation on the spirit of photography. Through investigations of the materiality of photo paper and its interactions with light, Mays brings a deeply tactile quality to a medium that’s better known for emphasizing surface and image. For example, the bandanna,…

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March – April 2017 In The Studio

Printmaker and painter Jane Hammond found her way into photography as a collector – or maybe “accumulator” is a better word. Frequenting flea markets, ephemera fairs, and online sites like eBay, Hammond searches for snapshots and found photographs that catch her eye, not necessarily because of the image itself, but…

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