New Color Print Photographs
Exhibition Dates: July 11 – August 28, 2008
Artist’s Reception: Friday, July 11, 2008, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M.
We are pleased to welcome the photo mastery of Francois Robert to Carl Hammer Gallery in his first solo appearance here. Though primarily known throughout the photographic community for his work at the highest level of commercial photography, Robert has, in addition, a solid history as a fine arts photographer. In this particular exhibition, the artist has selected 20 images from a decades-long project in which over 200 images were recorded overall. The project enlists the participation of unsuspecting friends, business acquaintances, friends of friends, etc. As the person entered the artist’s photo studio, he/she was asked to completely empty their personal belongings from pockets, purses and bags. Then, in a non-judgmental arranging process, the “contents” from these individuals were placed on a uniformly sized backdrop and photographed. “The real challenge,” notes Robert, “was to present my subjects’ possessions. . .like an archeologist might catalog artifacts, freezing in time what a certain person was carrying on a particular day in a particular year.” The results of this exploration are both objective and revealing. We are instantly engaged with seeing the personality of the subject, digging, as it were, into the soil of the individual’s soul. Within the resulting juxtapositions, prized possessions lying amongst mundane objects, the essence of our collective humanity is laid bare.