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Bonni Benrubi Gallery is pleased to present Rock Paper Scissors\, new work by Abelardo Morell. The exhibition will further expand on Morell’s innovative “Tent-Cam era Obscura” process where visual boundaries are pushed with the use of a l ightproof tent and periscope that projects a view of the nearby landscape d irectly onto the ground. The resulting photographs play on the tropes of im pressionistic painting as the refracted light is exposed on the grass and s and below. The artist began using this process in 2010 and in recent months \, since receiving a grant from National Geographic\, has incorporated the Grand Canyon and other rocky terrains from the American West into this body of work.

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Morell has historically used the still life throughout his car eer and his celebrated body of work “Book of Books” has been a mainstay of contemporary photography. He has recently revisited the idea of paper as su bject in such images as “Paper Self” (illustrated) where we see his use not only of texture\, but also of the complexity of photographic seeing. He ha s rendered a simple material into a complex composition stimulating our won derment as viewers. Morell\, ever the consummate inventor\, then took this one step further in his series of “Cut-Outs”. The artist gathered antique b ooks of etchings and using everyday scissors\, cut into these books and cre ated his own compositions with the imagery that was left behind. The proces s is best described as an excavation\, and as is typical of Morell\, his us e of the simplest tools reveals the artist’s ever present mastery in turnin g the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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A new group of photograms will al so be on view. Morell writes of this cameraless process: “To me the excitem ent of this series lies in being able to work in ‘extra photographic’ ways using some of the techniques and syntax of printmaking and drawing. I love the concrete surfaces in these photograms.” This new series is yet another example of how Morell continues to push the medium of photography and why h is pictures allow us to question how we see and what a photograph is.

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Abelardo Morell received his MFA from Yale University and was the chair of the photograp hy department of the Massachusetts College of Art until his retirement in 2 010. His work has been exhibited internationally and he has received numero us prestigious awards including the 2011 ICP Infinity Award. He has had num erous books of his photographs published to date. A major retrospective\, j ointly organized by the Art Institute of Chicago\, The Getty Museum and the High Museum is scheduled to open May 31\, 2013\, in Chicago and will trave l to other major venues. A new monograph will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

DTEND:20121222 DTSTAMP:20140823T123248 DTSTART:20121004 GEO:40.762227;-73.971964 LOCATION:Bonni Benrubi Gallery\,41 East 57th Street 13th Floor \nNew York\, NY 10022 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Rock Paper Scissors\, Abelardo Morell UID:239953 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121004T200000 DTSTAMP:20140823T123249 DTSTART:20121004T180000 GEO:40.762227;-73.971964 LOCATION:Bonni Benrubi Gallery\,41 East 57th Street 13th Floor \nNew York\, NY 10022 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Rock Paper Scissors\, Abelardo Morell UID:239954 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR