The exhibition of new, large-format photographic drawings by Gerald Incandela captures the expressive power, motion and gesture of the equestrian form.
Photographer Gerald Incandela is recognized for his unique photographic process, by which he conceptually merges drawing and photography. In the darkroom, Incandela radically alters the image captured by the lens of his camera by selectively applying developer with painterly brushstrokes and exposing only certain elements on the print. Using bold, meaningful gestures that evoke the abstract expressionist aesthetic of Robert Motherwell or Franz Kline formally; Incandela is, however, concerned with relaying the commanding movement and graceful agility of the horse.
Incandela’s efforts reinvent the time-motion studies begun in California in 1872 by Edward Muybridge by means of an intuitive process that fundamentally transforms the information captured by the lens though the artist’s hand and vision. Interjecting himself between medium and process, Incandela imbues his work with dramatic immediacy and revealing insight. Ultimately, his photographs challenge the boundaries of the medium and explore the aesthetic intersection of abstraction and figuration.
Incandela’s work is held in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others. His work was currently included in a photography exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, entitled Made in Santa Barbara. The exhibition at ECAA, Equine Expressions, represents Incandela’s first West Coast solo exhibition.