2021 FRESH Annual Photography Exhibition

Image © Thomas Kellner and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn / Courtesy of Klompching Gallery, New York.


September 15 – October 30, 2021

Opening: September 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

the 2021 FRESH Annual Photography Exhibition is presented by the Klompching Gallery At New York. Now in its 10th year, the exhibition is organized from an open international call for submission of photographic works.

Reflecting how photography is understood across different platforms, the annual FRESH Photography Exhibition integrates the three elements of display, publication and dissemination: an exhibition, a print catalog and an online showcase.

From this group of twenty finalists, 5 photographers are selected for the exhibition. FRESH 2021 offers artists a rare and coveted opportunity to see their work featured on the walls of one of New York’s leading art galleries and gain pivotal exposure in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. art.

The exhibiting artists of FRESH 2021 are: Thomas Kellner, Karen Navarro, Holly Roberts, Aline Smithson and Ingrid Weyland.

The fifteen FRESH 2021 finalists featured in the online showcase are: Jon Scott Anderson, Debra Bilow, Beth Dow, Carol Erb, Iwona Germanek, Rebecca Hackemann, Toni Pepe, Paul Rider, Kristin Schnell, Leslie Sheryll, John Slepian, Liz Steketee, Brandy Trigueros, Jonas Yip, Michael Young.

With Half-timbered houses in the industrial area of ​​Siegen today, Thomas Kelner brings a new contemporary treatment to the 20th century tropes championed by the typologies of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Kellner documented 19 of the remaining half-timbered houses in the Siegenland region of Germany. The small-scale photographs – sharp with a blurred background mimicking a shallow depth of field and with a desaturated color profile – transform the structures into something otherworldly, akin to miniature diorama-like props.

by Aline Smithson Fugue state revisited is an exquisite visual commentary on the potential loss of archival and photographic material. Using corrupted digital files from a vintage hard drive, the artist has overprinted ruined photographs with cyanotypes. We could see a blue-print of the 19th century (the cyanotype), in dialogue with a blue-print of the 21st century (the binary code). Rich in color and dynamic in form, the photographs speak of memory (real and imagined) and the role that photography plays in this context.

The unconventional portrait of Karen Navarroexplores themes of multiplicity of identity and self-representation. The me builds consists of striking colorful sculptural objects that combine paint, wood, embossing and resin. The physical deconstruction of photography, incorporated by the artist on works of art that range in size from small to iconic, transforms and challenges the tradition of portraiture and photography.

Works of art commenting on environmental issues continue to be ubiquitous, with Ingrid Weyland bringing a unique and original approach to the subject. Through his lushly colored photographs of Argentinian landscapes—Topographies of fragility– she comments on the decline and deterioration of the environment, through a physical form of paper destruction in her photographs – crumpled images laid on the same photographic view. The authorship of the artist is calm and understated, the work requiring an active gaze from the viewer.

The artist holly robert asks a simple question: how much photographic information do we need to define a face? the Ten portraits The series consists of abstract collages, using a restrained color palette, combined with an occasional splash of color. Mesh ink wash with photographs. Whimsical, fantastical and echoing 20th century surrealism, the works challenge the notion of portraiture using minimal visual cues.

The exhibition represents a range of approaches and treatments in current photographic practice. Each year, the FRESH open call reveals common trends, topics and themes – this becomes part of the basis of the exhibition’s curatorial vision. For this tenth edition of the Fresh Annual Photography Exhibition, we have once again witnessed a holistic treatment of photography as an object, and a vehicle to re-imagine the artist’s respective narratives in innovative physical forms. . These treatments could also be described as a reframing of photography, as well as the successful placement of these photographic objects in well-established contexts.

The annual FRESH photography exhibition was founded by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching in 2011and reflects the Klompching Gallery’s passion and commitment to contemporary fine art photography, while providing opportunities for artists in their quest for recognition and success in their field.

For all media inquiries, please contact Darren Ching: [email protected]

For all commercial enquiries, please contact Debra Klomp Ching: [email protected]

More information on the gallery’s website: www.klompching.com

Tracey L. Sweeney