Abelardo Morell: Through The Looking Glass

23rd Mar 2016 - 15th Apr 2016

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23 March – 15 April 2016

Renowned for his appropriation of defunct photographic processes, Abelardo Morell is one of the most innovative photographers working today. Producing images that connect the antique beginnings of photography to the modern environment, Morell uses a variety of unusual methods Рtintypes, glass negatives, wet plate collodian, cyanotypes, clich̩ verre and, most famously, the camera obscura.

Translated from Latin as ‘dark chamber,’ the camera obscura is an ancient concept described by Aristotle and drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. It involves the projection of an image onto the interior of a darkened box. Morell has gained fame and prestige for creating life-size camera obscuras to produce otherworldly, oneiric photographs. The exhibition shows a cross-section of works from Morell’s celebrated career, including many of the Camera Obscura series.

As well his Camera Obscura series, works from Morell’s Tent Camera project will be on display. During a visit to Big Bend National Park Morell became interested in the desert floor and sought a method to project the surrounding desert onto it. A prefab dome tent with a periscope inserted in the roof allowed him to make images of a semi-abstract appearance that combine urban and rural scenes with the visceral nature of their surroundings.

 

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Works

Camera Obscura: View Of The Manhattan Bridge, April 30th, Morning, 2010

Camera Obscura: View Of The Manhattan Bridge, April 30th, Morning, 2010

Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura: Manhattan View Looking South In Large Room, 1996

Camera Obscura: Manhattan View Looking South In Large Room, 1996

Abelardo Morell

Upright Camera Obscura: The Piazzetta San Marco Looking Southeast In Office, Venice, 2007

Upright Camera Obscura: The Piazzetta San Marco Looking Southeast In Office, Venice, 2007

Abelardo Morell

Blurry Upright Camera Obscura: Santa Maria Della Salute 
With Scaffolding In Palazzo Bedroom, Venice, 2007

Blurry Upright Camera Obscura: Santa Maria Della Salute With Scaffolding In Palazzo Bedroom, Venice, 2007

Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura: View Of Volta Del Canal In Palazzo Room Painted With Jungle Motif, Venice, Italy, 2008

Camera Obscura: View Of Volta Del Canal In Palazzo Room Painted With Jungle Motif, Venice, Italy, 2008

Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura: Garden With Olive Tree Inside Room With Plants, Outside Florence, Italy, 2009

Camera Obscura: Garden With Olive Tree Inside Room With Plants, Outside Florence, Italy, 2009

Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura: 5:04 Am Sunrise Over The Atlantic Ocean, Rockport, Massachusetts, June 17th, 2009

Camera Obscura: 5:04 Am Sunrise Over The Atlantic Ocean, Rockport, Massachusetts, June 17th, 2009

Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura: Early Morning View Of The East Side Of Midtown Manhattan, 2014

Camera Obscura: Early Morning View Of The East Side Of Midtown Manhattan, 2014

Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura: View Of Saint Lazare Train Station, Paris, 2015

Camera Obscura: View Of Saint Lazare Train Station, Paris, 2015

Abelardo Morell

Flowers – For Lisa, 2014

Flowers – For Lisa, 2014

Abelardo Morell

Flowers – For Lisa #2, 2015

Flowers – For Lisa #2, 2015

Abelardo Morell

Nadelman / Hopper, Yale University Art Gallery, 2008

Nadelman / Hopper, Yale University Art Gallery, 2008

Abelardo Morell

Composite Picture Of Flower Painting, Philadelphia Museum Of Art, 2014

Composite Picture Of Flower Painting, Philadelphia Museum Of Art, 2014

Abelardo Morell

Tent-Camera Image On Ground: Rooftop View Of The Brooklyn Bridge, 
Brooklyn Side, 2011

Tent-Camera Image On Ground: Rooftop View Of The Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Side, 2011

Abelardo Morell

Tent-Camera Image On Ground: View Of The Yosemite Valley From Tunnel View, Yosemite, National Park, California, 2012

Tent-Camera Image On Ground: View Of The Yosemite Valley From Tunnel View, Yosemite, National Park, California, 2012

Abelardo Morell

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