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Groovin' after Pollock

"The Depthography Group" brings art & performance to life in deeply grooved photo works.


'Depthography' is the brainchild of Robert Munn & Sara Cook. 'Otto' is a friend sitting on the steps of an apartment building. His perfectly detailed image appears to hover simultaneously in front & behind the flat surface of this photograph. In "Otto," a lenticular photograph, the artists combine aspects of film & still photography to create this illusion. Animated by the movement of the viewer, Otto appears to take his hat off in a greeting gesture.

Exhibition: The Depthography Group.
Works by: Sara Cook, Robert Munn, Jackie Chang, Dr. Revolt.

November 6 - December 11, 2005

Gallery: The Proposition
559 West 22nd Street
New York NY
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
Phone: (212) 242-0035

  Natural vision is much flatter, relying on the two point perspective of the eyes to define space. The 3-Dimensions in the Depthography photos are created with sandwiched planes, each refracting pieces of information. Seen together through finely grooved (lenticular) surfaces, a carefully delineated three-dimensions emerge.

In "Coney Cad" a Cadillac appears to hover in the air in front of the Wonder Wheel. Roller coaster cars filled with riders drop down a steep track in "Cyclone." Munn is the photographer. He moves the camera around the image in a rapid series of shots that record the scene from slightly varied angles. Cook manipulates the shots in Photoshop, assembling the lenticular effects. In one work, using a split-scan technique, Sara Cook does an erotic belly dance in front of a light box in a darkened room. The stark, pink-&-black Warholesque image is animated by the viewer's movement.

Courtesy of The Proposition GalleryThe two sometimes work in collaboration with other artists. Included in "The Depthography Group" are Jackie Chang & Dr. Revolt. Both see their art primarily in a street context, but Chang shows three pieces, each with the word EMPIRE printed across the bottom. In a satirical comment, flip imaging turns the Roman Coliseum into an overhead view of a sprawling suburb. The graffiti artist Dr. Revolt tags subway trains, but in the lenticular photo "Train," his graffiti tag floats away from the side of the train & hovers in front of the surface.

These works speak directly to post-Pollock painting. Jackson Pollock dropped continuous fields of paint across the entire canvas, creating a wall of paint that is emphatically flat, pushing the surface forward while simultaneously defining a shallow optical space between interlocking planes of paint & the canvas. In the lenticular photo, flat planes stack in a front to back interlocking perspective that exaggerates a deep space between the surface & back of the image. The refracting flat planes & the movement of the viewer together create an interactive art form like no other.

DECEMBER 3, 2005