In this 25-year retrospective at The Vermont Center for Photography, Bennington/NYC, Sally Apfelbaum exhibits 30 photographs, photograms, and paintings made between 1987 and 2012.
With subjects that range from New York’s Ellis Island and upstate forests to Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, Apfelbaum uses multiple exposure techniques in her photographs that isolate and recombine basic elements of color, focus, horizon line, motion, and distance. Her process of mingling layer upon layer of information creates the suggestion of shifts in perception, memory, and time—and spaces that are at once believable and engaging, yet ephemeral and invented.
Her photograms (or “cameraless photos”), on the other hand, reflect her appreciation of familiar household objects, taken out of context to reveal the elaborate shapes and patterns found in such simple items as metal coffee filters, rug beaters, and pie plates. Photographs, Photograms and Paintings also includes contact print “still lifes” of small-scale models—based on the shapes of common vegetables—she has created as proposals for functional public art. Her paintings are based on photographs, and make reference to the Victorian Era language of flowers.
Sally’s work is shown and represented in collections internationally. She has received several French Cultural Services Grants, the Giverny Grant to live and work in Giverny, at Monet’s garden, a Percent for Art Commission from the General Services Administration, Wash. D.C. to create a series of mural prints for the Veterans Affairs Building in Lower Manhattan, and, Arts in Transit commissions from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, NYC, and Metro, St. Louis, MO.
She has taught as a Visiting Artist at Middlebury College, at Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts, NYC.
Sally Apfelbaum: Photographs, Photograms and Paintings is on view August 3 through September 2, 2012.
Opening reception [ 5:30-8:30pm ] August 3, First Friday Gallery Walk.
Selection of images from the exhibition: