An Evans polaroid. (All Polaroids to follow are by Evans.)
The main gallery layout, with pew-like seating around an elaborate antique birdhouse
Untitled, No. 2, 1999 (from Bird, 2007) by Roni Horn
Untitled, No. 8, 2000 (From Bird, 2007) by Roni Horn
The ceilings of Andrea Rosen, which the curator describes as majestic and cathedral-like
Once upon a time before Hipstamatic, highly saturated, square-shaped photos came from something called a Polaroid camera. In a show that just opened at Andrea Rosen Gallery (up there in OC's top five), Polaroids are the name of the game. The Wedding (The Walker Evans Polaroid Project)with Roni Horn is a carefully thought-out journey curated by Ydessa Hendeles that marries architecture, nature, and ceremony.
Sitting in a pew in the main gallery (which is arranged around an antique wood-and-wire birdcage), it's hard to be unaware of the surrounding perfect symmetry. Everything about the room––the Polaroids, the picture frames, the layout of the theatrical central space––feels rigid and deliberate in its form. But eeriest of all is the sequence of Evans' reappropriated photographs on the wall. The images, presented in a film-like sequence, show quiet and seemingly empty architectural structures. They're a creepy reminder of how buildings are essentially containers of people, and how once they appear de-peopled, they're desolate, sad, and almost suspect places.
Throughout the exhibition, Horn's contemporary bird images punctuate Evans' photographs with their abstract majesty. Overall, everything in the gallery feels as though it were placed there by Hendeles with a purpose. OC recommends picking up the book of Notes provided at the gallery's front desk. Check out the exhibit, which runs through January 14, 2012!
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY
525 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011 MAp