Ken Rosenthal and Vojtěch V. Sláma @ Klompching Gallery

Exhibition: March 9 – April 20, 2012

From 2001, Ken Rosenthal’s subject has been an over-arching study of time, collective memory, fiction and cultural iconography; as seen through a somewhat brooding re-interpretation of historic negatives and photographs—specifically imagery from his own family album. He presents exceptionally crafted photographs—bleached, split-toned and blurred—that bring together a range of associations that seem at once shared yet highly personal, unknowable yet familiar. Like memory, his photographs are ethereal and ambiguous.

In Wolf’s Honey, Vojtěch V. Sláma offers a wonderful glimpse of his world—days spent with friends, observations of his artist peers, visits to places and events, glances of strangers, still life and figurative studies—all personal vignettes inherently connected to the tradition of Czech photography. Together they reveal Sláma’s fascination with the beauty of ordinary life and moments that he snatches without fanfare and yet with such poetic force. Stunningly rendered by the artist into Silver Bromide prints, the photographs are quiet, melancholic and at times—timeless.

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