The exhibition of singular, large format photographs at Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Another Landscape includes manipulated and natural landscapes, from the Earth and the Moon, by artists Georg Kuettinger, Michael Light (NASA), Neil Folberg & Agnieszka Sosnowska.
Georg Kuettinger’s photographs are perched on the border between reality and fiction. The Munich-based artist’s images are large and bold, made by digitally stitching together and repeating portions of several photographs taken at a single location, producing sweeping— but faux— landscapes. They succeed in capturing the sense of place that remains in your memory after you have departed.
Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.
For the last fifteen years, Light has aerially photographed over settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot, he is currently working on an extended aerial survey of the arid Western states, and in 2007 won a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography. Radius Books published the first of a planned multi-volume series of this work, Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack, in Fall 2009. The second, LA Day/LA Night, was released in April 2011. The third, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain, was published in December 2014.
Light is also known for his globally-published archival works. His first, FULL MOON (1999), used lunar geological survey imagery made by the Apollo astronauts to show the moon both as a sublime desert and an embattled point of first human contact. 100 SUNS (2003), focused on the politics and landscape meanings of military photographs of U.S. atmospheric nuclear detonations from 1945 to 1962.
Neil Folberg’s career is one of constant innovation. His earliest work consists of earthy B&W images that document a people’s presence on their land, in Yugoslav Macedonia. After moving to Israel in 1976, he began a series of color landscape photographs that recall his mentor Ansel Adams, with whom he began studying at the age of 16, with their expansive view of the rugged landscape (“In a Desert Land”, Abbeville Press). From there, he looked up to the shimmering celestial dome which led to his unprecedented photographs of humanity standing at the edge of an infinite universe. (“Celestial Nights”, Aperture Press). Moving to a world of lit interiors, he was commissioned by Aperture to make a series of photographs of historic synagogues of the world. (“And I Shall Dwell among Them”, Aperture Press). He used that same lighting to evoke the colors and light of the French Impressionists in his innovative re-creation of their world (“Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists”, Abbeville Press). His current project places man on the stage of nature in brilliantly lit scenes that are scheduled for their first exhibition in March 2010 at Flomenhaft Gallery in New York.
Agnieszka Sosnowska (b. Warsaw, Poland), received a B.F.A. in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1995 and a M.F.A. in studio teaching from Boston University in 1999. Her ongoing series of self portraits reflect surreal memories of her rural lifestyle and upbringing and hint back to her childhood.
In 1996, Sosnowska returned to Poland to complete a Fulbright Fellowship where she documented the Tatra highlanders. In 2005, she completed a American-Scandinavian Fellowship in Iceland documenting the local farming culture.