Photo: Jacob Koestler
Works on view July 24th - August 28th
In the office we present a selection of recent works by Jerry Birchfield, a preview of things to come. Gelatin silver prints and plaster wall works show his investigatory approach to representation, materiality, and spectatorship.
Birchfield’s gelatin silver prints function as traditional photographic images made in a darkroom. The subtly toned prints do not read in ways typically attributed to photography, but drift in a poetic territory somewhere between abstraction and representation, smoky ghostlike images that evoke form and light.
The plaster cast wall works are images in their own right. They hover between sculpture, painting and drawing processes all at once. This multilayered set of media references operates within a world formed by photographic image and material relationships. These objects begin with gelatin silver photographs, but morph into photo-based objects which lovingly highlight the materiality and mystery of darkroom aesthetics.
Jerry Birchfield (b. 1985) holds an MFA from Cornell University (2014) and a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2009). Recent solo exhibitions include; A Pale, A Post, A Boundary, Devening Projects Chicago, Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust at the Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH; Stagger When Seeing Visions organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art at the Transformer Station, Cleveland, OH. In Cleveland, his work has been included in group exhibitions at Abattoir, the Museum of Contemporary Art, SPACES, Riffe Gallery and ROYGBIV in Columbus, the Print Center in Philadelphia, and Schema Projects and Foley Gallery in New York. He lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio and is a Lecturer in Photography at Case Western Reserve University
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