Talia Chetrit and Daniel Gordon
Tony Wight Gallery is pleased to present a two-person exhibition by New York-based photographers
Talia Chetrit and Daniel Gordon.
This exhibition brings together the work of two young photographers whose pictures utilize the studio
as a site of production. While there is an evident parallel between their practices—both artists
compose and photograph temporal situations in their studios—this exhibition aims to articulate
divergences as well as similarities.
Talia Chetrit’s pictures make use of traditional photographic props such as lamps, black velvet,
discarded paper and the human body. Despite their apparent simplicity, her silver gelatin prints
transform rather ordinary studio materials into pictures that are surprisingly elusive. Chetrit’s minimalist
pictures mine the history of photography, pushing against the boundaries of the medium while
unabashedly referencing and repurposing historic precedents. Even in her more iconic compositions
(for instance Mask or Fist/Glove, both 2009), Chetrit’s images maintain an open-ended, almost
cryptic quality. Her photographs knowingly skirt declaration as they invite us to ruminate not only on
the ways in which we read images but also the various techniques and processes that go into their
Daniel Gordon’s pictures begin with the Internet. Gordon scours the web for images, which he then
prints out, cuts apart and assembles into sophisticated, yet makeshift, sculptural tableaus. The
tableaus are then lit and photographed in one definitive shot. After each shot is completed, Gordon
disassembles his ephemeral constructions, the components of which are discarded into clusters on
his studio floor. These remnants are often used again in future pictures, creating an ebb and flow of
material and activity not unlike the Internet itself—a nebulous field of interconnections, continuously
shifting in density. As indicated by their titles, the pictures that Gordon has selected for this exhibition
were each completed in a single day.
Talia Chetrit (American, b. 1982) received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design in
2008 and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. She lives and works in
Brooklyn. Chetrit has presented solo exhibitions in New York and Copenhagen. Recent group
exhibitions include The Reach of Realism at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, A Relative
Expanse at Renwick Gallery in New York and Tactile Gaze at Galeria Unosunove Gallery in Rome.
Daniel Gordon (American, b. 1980) received his MFA from Yale University in 2006 and his BFA from
Bard College in 2003. He lives and works in Brooklyn. Gordon has presented solo exhibitions in New
York, Zurich and Basel. Recent group exhibitions include New Photography at the Museum of Modern
Art in New York, Greater New York at MoMA P.S.1 in Queens and Swagger, Drag and Fit Together at
Wallspace Gallery in New York.