The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, mysterious cinematic moments, seemingly frozen in another dimension. When Gregory Crewdson stages his images, he creates places, which draw us into his surreal parallel world. There is no before or after – only plenty of room for the interpretation of his dubious illusions.
The photo artist marries William Eggleston’s documentary style with David Lynch’s dream like visions. His images recall films, scenes, impressive moments, yet they always come across as supernatural and unexplainable. His meticulous approach to set construction mirrors that of a Hollywood production scale and duly fills his photographs with obscure content, which consequently evoke sinister readings.
Gregory Crewdson was born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives and works to this very day. His works have been displayed by internationally renowned institutions such as the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, the V&A Museum, London, the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. His most famous series include ‘Twilight’, which we are pleased to present here on GoSee, as well as ‘Beneath the Roses’.
He currently teaches at Yale School of Arts. Due to the sheer complexity of his shoots, his body of work comprises a rather small number of photographs.
The artist will present ‘Sanctuary’, his latest photographic series, at the Gagosian Gallery, New York on 23 September.
What to expect: “In these pictures I draw upon the inherent quietness and uncanny aspects of the empty sets. As with much of my work, I looked at the blurred lines between reality and fiction, nature and artifice, and beauty and decay”, says Gregory.
It is the first series he has produced outside of the United States and comprises 41 black/white photographs. This time the sets are void of human presence, however they are not without human melancholy, which is embodied by the surrounding architecture and surreal lighting design.
After its New York dates, the exhibition will travel to London, where it will be displayed at the White Cube Gallery, followed by the Gagosian Gallery in Rome. A catalogue is being published by Abrams to coincide with the exhibitions.
Gregory Crewdson – Sanctuary
980 Madison Avenue
23 September – 30 October 2010
Mon – Fri, 10:00 – 18:00
18:00 – 20:00
The artist will be present