Liminal Ground: Long Island Photographs, 2009–2011
The photographs of Adam Bartos convey a wistfulness for the off-grid, the overlooked, and the unremarkable—images of the places in between that might well go unrecorded were they not framed with his virtuoso camera. Much of his photography gives evidence to the effects of time. Bartos has created a series on such disparate subjects as the moribund Russian space program, the fading modernist glory of the U.N. building, and the changing Long Island landscape, both the built and natural environment.
The exhibition will bring together sixteen of these lush and evocative pigment prints in a large-scale format that nonetheless remains photographic in scale. In his work on Long Island, a telling detail can furnish the tone of the work: the elegant script of the faded word “Florist” on a concrete block wall on County Road 80 in Southampton; the rusted chassis of a derelict pick-up truck in Greenport; a weathered and ramshackle ladder in Bay Shore. In locations from Copiague to Montauk, Bartos is drawn to what we pass without observing and schools our eye to the beauty and evanescence of the everyday.