New York Handball Courts
In the project gallery we will show Charles Johnstone for the first time with selections from his new monograph Some New York Handball Courts (2013.) A self-taught photographer and native New Yorker, Johnstone makes his documentary color photographs in the spirit of Hilla and Bernd Becher and Ed Ruscha, working serially with specific urban subjects. Through his photographs, the standard scale, demarcated lines and patinated surfaces of the handball courts are transformed into outdoor colorfield paintings. Johnstone's past projects include A Few Empty Pools (2012), Thirty-Four Basketball Courts (2008), New York Storefront Churches (2012), and Havana (2006). He has published limited edition artist's books for each project that are sold individually or provided to collectors when a print is acquired.
Johnstone and Svenson share the formalism of the urban grind in their respective series, one high above and the other firmly on the ground.
A book signing event with Svenson and Johnstone will be held at the conclusion of the shows.