David Benjamin Sherry Bridalveil Falls,

David Benjamin Sherry Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite, CA, 2013 
Chromogenic print, printed 2013
50 x 40 inches
Edition of 5
Signed by the artist verso

Robert Buck - iPainting

Robert Buck 
iPainting (8099914), 2009 
Acrylic and oil paint (Alert) on canvas 
43 ¾ x 48 x 1 ½ inches
Signed by the artist

Phil Chang - Three Pieces of Cardboard Balancing Against One Another, 2010

Phil Chang 
Three Pieces of Cardboard Balancing Against One Another, 2010 
Unique unfixed gelatin silver print 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches
Signed by the artist verso

Anne Collier - Studio Lighting

Anne Collier 
Studio Lighting, 2009 
Chromogenic print, printed ca. 2009
Edition of 5 
64 ¼ x 51 inches
Signed by the artist verso

Liz Deschenes - Front / Side #24

Liz Deschenes
Front / Side #24, 2013
Silver toned photogram mounted on aluminum
20 x 20 inches
Signed by the artist verso

Elena Dorfman - Empire Falling 9,

Elena Dorfman
Empire Falling 9, 2012
Digital c-print on metallic paper, printed 2012
Edition 1 of 5
50 x 37 ½ inches
Signed by the artist verso

Roe Ethridge - Tokyo 2, 2009

Roe Ethridge 
Tokyo 2, 2009 
Chromogenic print, printed 2009
Edition of 5 
62 x 42 inches
Signed by the artist verso

 

Daniel Lefcourt - Passive Surplus II

Daniel Lefcourt 
Passive Surplus II, 2011 
Sawdust, debris fiberboard panels, projector and pedestal 
68 x 80 inches
Signed by the artist verso

Zoe Leonard - January 19, Frame 7 + Frame 11, 2012

Zoe Leonard 
January 19, Frame 7 + Frame 11, 2012 
Two gelatin silver prints, printed 2012
13 3/8 x 11 inches
Edition of 6
Signed by the artist verso

Ryan McGinley - Night Sky (Green

Ryan McGinley 
Night Sky (Green), 2009-2010 
Chromogenic print, printed 2010 
110 x 72 inches
Edition of 3
Signed by the artist verso

Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson - Smokescreen (Family Portrait #7)

Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson
Smokescreen (Family Portrait #7), 2010 
Archival pigment print on cotton rag, printed 2010
7 3/4 x 11 5/8 inches
Edition of 6
Signed by the artist verso

James Welling - 4580, 2007

James Welling 
4580, 2007 
Archival digital print 
40 x 52 7/8 inches
Edition of 5
Signed by the artist verso

Hannah Whitaker - Bad Photographer

Hannah Whitaker 
Bad Photographer, 2011 
Archival pigment, printed 2013
40 x 50 inches
Edition of 5
Signed by the artist verso

Matthew Spiegelman - Solution (Var. 2 Hexagonal),

Matthew Spiegelman
Solution (Var. 2 Hexagonal), 2013
Bent glass, tubing, neon gas, transformer, electric wiring and glass stands
14 feet (diagonal) / 52 feet (linear)

Minor White - 72 N. Union Street,

Minor White
72 N. Union Street, Rochester, 1958 
Vintage gelatin silver mounted on board, printed 1958 9 ½ x 7 3/8 inches
 

PRESS RELEASE

Alchemical, Curated by Kevin Moore

Exhibition: July 10th – August 10th, 2013
Opening Reception: July 10th, 2013

Steven Kasher Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Alchemical, curated by Kevin Moore. Alchemical features 25 works by 19 contemporary artists. Mainly consisting of large-scale photographs, the show also includes a neon sculpture by Matthew Spiegelman and an installation by Daniel Lefcourt. The show features works by artists Robert Buck, A.K. Burns, Phil Chang, Anne Collier, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Liz Deschenes, Elena Dorfman, Roe Ethridge, Zoe Leonard, Ryan McGinley, David Benjamin Sherry, James Welling, Hannah Whitaker, and Minor White.

Kevin Moore writes, “Alchemical is not a show about chemistry. It is not a show about photographic abstraction or manipulated photography or the obsolescence of photography as one more useless modern technology. It is not a show about photography at all. Rather, it is a show about an impulse to visualize radical, quasi-mystical transformation, to turn economic depression into inspiration, stagnant politics into heroic mobilization, environmental disaster into cleansing reordering, dirty coal into light lithium. Short-circuiting the usual channels of science, technology, and expert knowledge, Alchemical looks instead to a cloudburst, an explosion, a strange light, to enact cathartic transformation, viz., the creation of a universal elixir. Viz., a miracle.

Alchemical offers no solutions, explanations, rationalizations. It does not wish to “reach out” to, “move forward” through, or “throw down” any particular set of current problems—the days of rational science, enlightenment idealism, corporate strategizing, and utopian convictions are over. Best hope for a lightening bolt, a golden ray, a glowing goat, just as the millions flocking to churches, playing the lottery, and tuning in to TV shows about vampires and psychics have learned to do. Change is inevitable but one might as well envision it positively, spectacularly, lead-into-goldly. Be wary of stocks, real estate, retirement plans, Rothkos. Trust only intuition and black magic to get you where you need to go.”

Kevin Moore is the author of Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980 (Cincinnati Art Museum/Hatje Cantz, 2010) and Jacques Henri Lartigue: The Invention of an Artist (Princeton University Press, 2004), and a contributing author to Robert Heinecken (Ridinghouse, 2012) and Words Without Pictures (LACMA/Aperture, 2009).

Alchemical, curated by Kevin Moore will be on view from July 10th through August 10th. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM. 

For more information about the exhibition and all other inquiries, please contact Christiona Owen; 212 966 3978, christiona@stevenkasher.com.