November 14, 2013 – January 16, 2014
November 14 | 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Art Merge Lab presents Composure, a group exhibition with artists Agustin Garza, Aras Karimi, Koga, and Zelda Zinn who demonstrate the wide-breadth of new photographic practices. These four artists, through incisively conceived and pristinely realized works, embrace a focused commitment to their craft. Opening November 14 with a reception from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and running thought January 16, this exhibition continues Art Merge Lab’s mission of presenting new developments in contemporary photography in all its diversity.
Composure features established and emerging artists who approach photography in divergent ways. From studio and process-oriented works, to documentary and even abstract works, seeing photography not as a medium in itself, but as a tool, among many tools that artists are able to use to carry out their ideas.
Koga’s and Aras Karimi’s works are concerned with the processes of photography itself, its use of light and lens, emulsions and digital processes, to create works verging on total abstraction. Composure will feature seven new prints by Koga, and eight prints by Karimi. While these artists work in photography, their commitment is with conceptual practices. As Koga states, “I love having an interesting idea, and then figuring out how to execute that via a photographic process, even if the end product isn’t necessarily photographic or even representational.”
Zelda Zinn’s work also flirts with abstraction. However, Zinn remains interested in the magic and illusion inherent in photographic representation. Included in Composure will be five prints from her photographic series Revelation. These photographs, depicting the artist’s own neighborhood, takes this quotidian subject and adds a mysterious quality. Zinn subtracts large elements in her photographs, eliminating most of its identifying imagery. These omissions leave room for the viewer to complete the image, and show photography’s ability to hide, as well as reveal its subject.
By contrast, Agustín Garza’s documents of ossuary objects take on a formal archival quality. Composure will feature seven works from Garza’s Ossuaria series. This series explores a funerary custom practiced in the Yucatán where families regularly disentomb the skeletal remains of their ancestors, then clean and dust them so that the soul of the deceased will feel loved. As Garza puts it, “Ossuaria focuses not on the ritual itself or an anthropological context, but in the essence of the object itself – its beauty, its structure.”