The Shirley Fiterman Art Center at Borough of Community College (BMCC/CUNY) presents Portrait of a Landscape, an international exhibition of photographic-based work that will be curated by Claudia Cortinez. The exhibit opens August 3, 2016, with a gallery reception from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Portrait of a Landscape will be open until September 10.
Featured artists include; Erica Bohm, Louis Chan, Ayelén Coccoz, Claudia Cortínez, James Hyde, Myeongsoo Kim, Barney Kulok, Estefanía Landesmann, Samuel Lasso, Carolina Magnin, Esperanza Mayobre, Alva Mooses/Troels Heiredal, Libby Pratt, Karen Tepaz, Pedro Wainer, and Max Warsh.
In the practice of photography, the terms portrait, and landscape have come to define not only the medium’s most traditional genres but also the standards of the composition when viewing or making an image. Portrait of a Landscape plays with reformatting the photograph as an object, each artwork unfolding its parameters of viewing as a physical experience.
In Portrait of a Landscape, photographic impressions are reframed in terms of the physical and emotional pressure each image inspires: making visible the displacement of light around objects; highlighting the simultaneous veracities and distortions of memory; emphasizing the “plastic” aesthetics of the landscape through color and texture.
The effect is not only to break apart the components of photography but also to describe the context in which these artworks were made. In this way, the exhibition proposes ways, albeit abstracted, of depicting a place, as well as its prevalent sensibilities regarding a sense of location, image, and the photographic process.
Portrait of a Landscape will be open from August 3 – September 10, 2016, at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.