Vera Lutter, Brooklyn Bridge: June 11, 2015, unique silver gelatin print, 14-1⁄2 x 28 in.

Vera Lutter, Brooklyn Bridge: June 11, 2015, unique silver gelatin print, 14-1⁄2 x 28 in.

Vera Lutter  Photographs

Mark Licari, Night Watch, 2018, mixed media on paper, 42 x 64 in.

Mark Licari, Night Watch, 2018, mixed media on paper, 42 x 64 in.

Mark Licari

Planted Planet

21 June – 22 July, 2018
Opening reception for the artists,
Thursday, 21 June, 6–8 pm

Baldwin Gallery presents its fourth show with internationally acclaimed contemporary photographer Vera Lutter. The exhibited work offers a mini-survey or Lutter’s recent series’: in and around New York, and in Italy among the ruins of the ancient Greek city Paestum.

Lutter’s photographs are often dramatically scaled, but even the more intimate pieces suggest a portal through which the viewer might convincingly defenestrate. Multiverse dimensions are revealed through the pinprick aperture of Lutter’s camera obscura. The works are paper negatives: long-exposure substantiation of the daring alchemical and expressionistic processes of early photography. Lutter’s vistas mirror shades and ripples of movement in particle and wave that flash nuclear explosions like permanent shadows frozen on the wall in Hiroshima or Pompeii. Photography examines time, and Lutter’s especially so; the light from a distant star centuries past becomes collected in moments blowing down deserted streets and crumbling stone. The views of our own time become moments from a far distant future- glimpses of the face of eternity.

Vera Lutter was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She studied art and sculpture at the Munich Academy and photography the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she currently resides. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dia Foundation, New York; Kunsthalle, Basel; and Museum of the City of New York. Her photographs are in several permanent collections, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Lutter is the only contemporary artist to be included in the Neue Galerie in New York, and is currently at work on a large-scale project for Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Also showing at Baldwin Gallery is our third show with Los Angeles artist Mark Licari. Licari’s drawings and works on paper pulse with expressionistic energy, infusing artifacts of the everyday with an edgy intensity. With the many objects surrounding us a synecdoche of adumbrated self, Licari’s work celebrates the individual’s heroic defiance of an absurd contemporary pastoral.

Mark Licari was born in 1975 in Atlanta, GA. He received his MFA from University of Southern California, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include: Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, San Diego, CA: Charleston, WV, Museum of Fine Arts: Ghent, Belgium, and Monterey Museum of Art: Monterey, CA, as well as public collections in Gemeente Museum: The Hague, Netherlands, Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York, NY, Monterey Museum of Art: Monterey, CA, LA County Museum of Art: LA, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, and Museum of Fine Arts: Ghent, Belgium.

The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening. Images are available upon request. Please call 970.920.9797 for further information.

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