Exhibition: March 1 – May 5, 2012
Reception: February 29, 6 – 8pm
Bartos’ interest in the 19th century travel work of Samuel Bourne, Robert MacPherson, and others, led him to Egypt, Kenya, and Mexico with a large format camera and color film. His images are thoroughly modern, yet their energy is inspired by the lucid depiction of form and light that the earlier photographers achieved. His attention to the picture plane creates a tension that oscillates between the photograph as his expression of a place and an object in and of itself. None of the photographs are constructed wholly from incident or narrative. As Geoff Dyer notes in the introduction to Bartos’ book Boulevard: “his pictures are like self-portraits of the things in them.”
The same impulse is present in his recent work, although the subject matter is found much closer to home, in Long Island. These images have been printed using a four-color carbon transfer process that, with its tonal range and description of fine detail, emphasizes Bartos’ subtle color palette and formal compositions.