ClampArt


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Coming next to ClampArt (opening February 25th) is a group show. The clue is in the title - "the exhibition addresses artists' fascination with natural history museums as seen by their depictions of museum displays, including dioramas and taxidermy, in addition to artists' interest in viewing animals through a pseudo-scientific lens" says Brian Clamp. The show includes Clamp staples Jill Greenberg, Blake Fitch and Amy Stein alongside Richard Barnes, Marisol Villaneuva and more.

This image by Ms Villaneuva is from "Uncaged: The Unnatural History of Caged Birds" a project wherein the artist "hope(s) to create a connection between the original wildness of birds, and the sense of freedom they evoke within those who view them."

© Marisol Villanueva, "Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Summit Rock, West Side between 81st and 85th Streets, New York," 2007, C-print (Edition of 7), 28 x 42 inches, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
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Now showing at ClampArt are Jill Greenberg's "New Bears". Jill constructed outdoor studios in Vancouver and Calgary to photograph these creatures and it's interesting to see the prints in a smaller size than the big bears and the monkeys. This particular baby however was photographed in Jill's home - I wonder how many assistants queued up outside for that job!

Jane Fonda Bear © Jill Greenberg
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In order to view the "New Bears" at ClampArt, one has to walk through the main gallery space which is currently showing Luke Smalley's "Sunday Drive", a haunting story of three girls readying to visit their men in prison. Viewing Smalley's work on ClampArt's website I was more drawn to the "Exercise at Home" series. If only Smalley had used new bears instead of twinks...

Luke Smalley, "Exercise at Home," 2007, Digital C-print, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
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ClampArt artist Rachel Papo is the winner of the 2009 'Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year' Lucie Award for her project on young Israeli women serving their mandatory military duty, 'Serial No. 3817131'. Sadly, there's not much by way of images from this year's International Photography Awards competition winners on the Lucies website - just an un-navigatable video of stills. Which is odd.

Rachel thanked Mr. Clamp upon receiving her award, saying he is the nicest guy in the business. Which is nice.

Talking to Family, from Serial No. 3817131 © Rachel Papo


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ClampArt is showing Amy Stein's 'Domesticated' from September 10th to October 31st 2009 at their 25th Street gallery in Chelsea, NY. As usual for Clamp, the opening was packed.

Trasheaters, 2007 © Amy Stein

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