OAXACA / WINTER 2013
October 1 – October 26, 2013
Thursday Oct. 3rd, 6-8pm
Above: Midday in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico March 2013, archival digital print.
SOHO20 presents OAXACA / Winter 2013 recent photographs by artist David Reinfeld, through October 26, 2013. The exhibition includes a selection of street photographs as well as abstract and composite photos from Reinfeld’s recent visit to the capital city of Oaxaca, Mexico. This series explores the beauty found in the cyclical decay of our environment and its insistent recurring nature.
Among the dozen or so photographs on exhibit are street scenes of Oaxaca in tandem with abstract views of cracks in walls, crumbling brick buildings and worn graffiti, from the same location. The delight the photographer takes in guiding the viewer between these micro & macro distillations is both playful and poetic. Whether the images are abstract or intimate views, there is evidence of civilization in them that resonates.
In much of Reinfeld’s work, it can be noted that he draws connections between what is man-made and what is naturally occurring. There is evidence of the existence of life in color, form, and pattern, as well as in the imagery of neglect and social decay. While Reinfeld chooses to photograph subjects that are entropic, it could not be so without the layers and layers of human connection buzzing about in his images. From the faded hand-painted signs to the posited cups, balloons and chairs, one can feel the relationship of the modern and ancient simultaneously existing within.
Included amongst the works in the show are what Reinfeld describes as composite photographs; images that are composed digitally with multiple layers of photographs, usually taken at the same location. For Reinfeld, this contemporary process is a seamless studio practice that speaks to his image-making ability and the semblance of his work to painting. The layering and drawing out of color and form are heightened in this way, creating pictures nearly indiscernible from traditional photography.
David Reinfeld is an American fine art photographer, born in New York City December 1952. David picked up his first camera at the age of twelve and has never stopped taking pictures. First as a NYC street photographer, he began teaching photography to inner city children at the Public Theatre in Manhattan, and worked as a teaching assistant at The New School. In the early ’70-s, as an MFA graduate student and teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design, David had the great privilege of studying with Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, Lisette Model, and Minor White. Since his RISD days, David’s interests have become more eclectic, photographing a range of genres, from the abstract walls of graffiti to the remote canyons of the southwest. He has published and exhibited his photographs throughout his career as a fine art photographer. David is also a writer, currently working on a book about the creative moment, and image making as a fine art aesthetic.
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