On January 17, Catherine Edelman Gallery will debut the work of international photographers Nicolás Combarro, Hannah Hughes and Lilly Lulay, alongside well-known Chicagoan, Aimée Beaubien, in “New Formations.”
In a culture where digital photographs are ubiquitous and routine, artists are challenging themselves to find new ways of working with photographic images. The four artists featured in “New Formations” are “reinventing how photography is used to represent a place, object or memory,” writes Catherine Edelman Gallery in the press release. “As the works become more complex, memories are fragmented, places are deconstructed, and objects are recontextualized.”
Procuring images from diverse sources, Combarro, Hughes, Lulay and Beaubien cut, collage, weave and paint to reconstruct photographic prints. “Situated between photography and sculpture,” writes the gallery, “the works in the exhibition go beyond the content of a singular image, introducing a new visual language.”
Beaubien’s colorful work is heavily influenced by her great grandmother, art history and gardens. To bring these elements together, she weaves photographs, drapes rope and suspends old photography books in large site-specific installations that aim to imitate plant growth.
In his series “Spontaneous Architecture,” Cambarro, who lives and works in Spain, paints, collages and draws on architectural photographs. “By focusing on these shapes, he bridges the gap between architecture and fundamental forms found in art,” explains Catherine Edelman Gallery.
After cutting repetitive shapes from glossy magazines, Hughes layers them to create photographic sculptures. The work in her series, “Mirror Image,” alters the significance of the original page while “magnifying the beauty of color and form.” Hughes is based in the United Kingdom.
In response to the sheer number of photographs made in cities and public spaces and the collective memory they create, Lulay, born in Germany, shatters this perspective by cutting and collaging found images into new landscapes.
There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, January 17 from 5 – 8 p.m.