The eye of the camera is the ultimate “keeper of light.” The show on view now at Sandroni.Rey expresses a concern for portraiture and the representation of the self, more specifically how photographic techniques can manipulate identity.
The principal works are two daguerreotypes by Chuck Close, one a self-portrait and the other a sunflower. The daguerreotype is anchored in the history of photography and Close’s integration of it into the show presents an old way to look at yourself in the modern world. At first glance the works appear like mirrors on either side of the gallery, but upon closer inspection we encounter a portrait of the artist--aging bald man with glasses and a goatee. By manipulating our stance, our eyes occupy the space inside of his spectacles. We become the artist, and the artist becomes us.
By A. Moret