OCTOBER 22 - DECEMBER 6, 2015 / Reception: OCTOBER 24, 6p-9p
440 Gallery is pleased to announce "Unintended," an exhibition of photographs by David Stock. In this series, the city's chaotic visual layers resolve into moments of unexpected narrative and unplanned beauty.
"One of the things photography does best," Stock says, "is to reveal overlooked aspects of our everyday environment. The city is full of dramas, allegories, and visual puns hidden in plain sight. Finding them and making them into photographs is a deeply satisfying process." In his view, the tension between the objective and subjective is what gives photography its power. "Photographs are actual, physical traces of objective reality. But they also reflect a very personal point of view, expressed through a photographer's choice of subject and moment, framing, technique and processing."
Stock brings his images to life with meticulous printmaking. Formerly a long-time darkroom artisan, he now prints from carefully processed digital files onto fine art papers, using permanent pigment inks. Foto/Text Magazine has described him as a "digital master printer."
Stock started making photographs in Manhattan in the 1960's and then studied with Arthur Siegel and Aaron Siskind at Harvard University. He lived in Boston and Los Angeles for long periods before returning to New York.
Over time, Stock created several groups of work, with a variety of subjects, approaches and techniques. But regardless of his other projects, he always practices his first photographic love—walking city streets with a camera, looking for moments of unintended consequence.
PROJECT SPACE "In The Mix"
Vicki Behm’s drawings of NYC are unusual and quirky observations of her environment. Learn how to make to The Brooklyn Cocktail, the origin of the bagel and how Robert Indiana's famous sculpture would appear if he only liked NYC. Ellen Chuse offers recent abstract paintings exploring organic forms in deeply saturated color. While originating in nature each piece has an ambiguity which challenges the viewer to bring personal associations and experiences to the work. Jay Friedenberg’s geometric poster pieces convey the complexities of the modern world in terms of the technology that surrounds us. These intense and colorful pieces show a tangled weave of lines and shapes that can reflect wiring diagrams or trains of thought and feeling.