New Photographic Drawings
Edward Cella Art+Architecture (ECAA) announces the gallery’s first exhibition of 2010, Gerald Incandela: New Photographic Drawings. To take place during Los Angles Art Month, the exhibition is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles of his monumental, hand-brushed composite photographs that represent a technical and aesthetic tour de force.
Incandela is recognized for his unique photographic process, by which he conceptually merges drawing and photography. In the darkroom, Incandela transforms the images captured with the lens of his camera by creating new compositions though the combination of multiple negatives in a panorama like effect. During the course of developing the large format, black and white prints, Incandela selectively applies developer and fixer on paper with a brush as to reveal and animate selected elements of the captured image. This process also allows for him to create both warm and cool tones on the same unique, master print. Transforming the chemistry of photography into a charcoal or ink-like media and using a drawing-like process, Incandela employs his own bold, meaningful gestures to portray and retrace his subjects conveying his intuitive understanding and visual exploration of them.
The exhibition presents Incandela’s newest series of works, which employs the nude male figure to explore the artist’s ongoing concern with pictorial space. Exploiting the angularity of the male body, the artist make use of a bent arm or leg as a gateway or entry point into the spatial depth that the camera has recorded. Using his distinct, drawing like process, Incandela makes marks that appear to be placed on different illusionary planes of the print, the ultimate effect of which is to expand the image’s perception of depth. This achievement is heightened though compositing multiple source images, each with there own point of perspective. For the artist, “the challenge was to express more sensuality in the materials and their application than in the image of the nude body. The pictorial action is in the negative spaces surrounding the figure.”
Since 1975, Incandela has been concerned with bridging the mediums of photography and drawing. His early explorations attracted the interest of noted collector, Sam Wagstaff who acquired more than thirty works that are now held the J. Paul Getty Museum. Both the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York also hold examples of the artist’s work.