Big Nothing

16 Jun 2016 – 19 Aug 2016

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Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is pleased to present “big nothing,” a group show curated by British abstract photographer Richard Caldicott featuring the work of photographers Nina Brauhauser, Ellen Carey, Luuk de Haan, Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Gottfried Jäger and Erin O’ Keefe.


The exhibition is the first US show since 1990 to feature the work of Holzhäuser alongside German compatriot Jäger, both longtime correspondents and collaborators, and the first-ever exhibition of Ellen Carey’s Zerogram  photograms and paper negatives.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 16, 6-8pm, and an artist talk with Ellen Carey, Luuk de Haan and Erin O'Keefe is scheduled on Monday, June 20, 7pm.

“Titled from a series of works by Luuk de Haan, this exhibition explores the area of alternative abstract photographic practices,” writes Richard Caldicott.  Highlighting in turns the creative use of the movement of light, as well as the mathematical lyricism and vast pictorial possibilities of generative and concrete photography, this assembly of photographs is a demonstration of the sensitive relationship between photographer and photographic technique.

Caldicott continues: “Luuk de Haan’s work explores the boundaries between ‘form and formlessness, organic and inorganic, to be or not to be.’  Erin O’Keefe’s Things as They Are  series questions the nature of spatial perception using the strategies and knowledge of an architect.  The works by Karl Martin Holzhäuser and Gottfried Jäger show the astonishingly rich history of photography as constant experiment, of light as material and the photograph as a concrete and generative object.  Reducing photography to new sculptural forms and wall objects, Nina Brauhauser creates ambiguities between 2-dimensional chromogenic prints and 3-dimensional space.  Ellen Carey’s unique photograms from 1998-99 again show the rich depth of experimental photography, albeit from a more visceral and process driven perspective.  These are all artists that pursue a series of work with intensity of infinite variations and modifications, all with a shared concern of the interplay between colour and perception.”

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