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13 January 2009
Tierney Gearon + Phillips de Pury

If you like Tierney Gearon, you'll want to stop by Phillips de Pury in London to check out a show of recent work by the American photographer entitled EXPLOSURE.

This exhibition will present for the first time, a selection of large-scale photographs employing a new process for the artist. With no retouching or post work, Tierney Gearon's photographs are contrived through the more classic mechanism of double exposure in camera. Each photograph has been composed by carefully combining two of the artist's images whose compositions and themes act as counterpoints to each other: interior space and wilderness; youth and old age; solitude and companionship. The result is a powerful exploration of psychological terrain.

The artist, her children and friends are the characters in these dramas which are staged against the backdrop of landscape spanning locales in South Africa, India, Italy to upstate New York and the artist's home in Los Angeles. Individually, each of the two layered images often portray a banal scene of domesticity or sentimental landscape but the masterful combining of the images creates a wholly new and mysterious scene articulating premonitions of the future and haunting re-enactments of the past.

The 40 piece exhibit runs now through January 28. Click here for more information and here to check out Gearnon's website.

As you may remember, there's been controversy surrounding Gearnon's work, which has at times been called child porn, as her very young children have been photographed in the buff many times. Read this piece where Gearon defends her work. The fact that anyone interpreted this as child porn is kinda crazy. Americans are just uncomfortable with nudity, especially when a child is involved. Don't forget to read the artist's statement, which also gives more insight into her work.

EXPLOSURE
Tierney Gearon
Phillips de Pury & Company
Howick Place London SW1P 1BB
Through 01.29.09
Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm

 

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