Joel Grey: 1.3: New Color Images
Exhibition: May 27 - July 10, 2010
Reception: May 27, 6-8pm
Steven Kasher Gallery is pleased to present Joel Grey: 1.3: New Color Images, an exhibition of mobile phone photographs by the award-winning actor and photographer Joel Grey. Grey received wide critical acclaim for his mobile phone images with the release of his groundbreaking book, 1.3: Images from My Phone (powerHouse Books, 2009). The exhibition will run concurrently with Autochromes: Early Color Masterpieces from National Geographic, a display of limited edition prints from rare, early autochromes. The simultaneous shows will juxtapose one of the newest forms of color photography with one of the earliest, and serve to highlight their surprising similarities.
Traveling in 2007, Grey found himself in a small St. Lucie, Florida museum, filled with bizarre and eminently photographable objects. Feeling, as he had when creating images for his earlier book, Looking Hard at Unexamined Things, compelled to capture these provocative tableaux but having forgotten his trusty Nikon, Grey did the next best thing he could—he reached for his mobile phone.
Grey had never considered using the camera function of his Nokia 6133 before, and was skeptical about the capabilities of its tiny 1.3-megapixel lens. But to his surprise, the same perspective he’d had when taking photographs before was still there; even without a viewfinder, he could make the kinds of pictures he loved. The limitations of the format - the less than powerful 1.3 lens, the inability to control the aperture, focus, or any of the other variables of traditional photography besides framing - proved an exciting new challenge, which Grey likens to collaborating with “another one of those powers larger than yourself.” Grey spent the next eight months shooting with his phone, and the result was1.3: Images from My Phone, a collection of slices cut from diverse visual worlds: street art and still life, advertising and architecture, shadows and reflections, natural beauty and urban grit.
Pictures I Had To Take, Grey’s first monograph, (powerHouse Books, 2003) showed work created over a 30 year period. His second book, Looking Hard at Unexamined Things, (Steidl, 2006) featured all new work and highlighted industrial sites, abandoned buildings, graffiti, wall art, detritus and public works from Los Angeles and New York to Berlin and Venice. His recent publication, 1.3: Images from My Phone was Grey’s third collaboration with acclaimed book designer Sam Shahid.
Grey’s work has been the subject of solo shows in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin. His photographs are part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New York Public Library.
Joel Grey: 1.3: New Color Images will be on view May 27 to July 10, 2010. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6 pm. For more information or press requests please contact Kirsten Bengtson at 212 966 3978,firstname.lastname@example.org