A new show of work by photographer Abelardo Morell opens tonight at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York.
Titled 'Groundwork', the gallery will present a new set of images as Morell continues to push the boundaries of the way we see using a lightproof tent and periscope setup that allows him to project a view of the nearby landscape directly onto the ground below.
The resulting photographs play on the tropes of impressionistic painting as the projected landscapes are refracted on the grass, sand or pavement below.
In his latest pieces, Morell positions his tent on the historic cobblestones of Rome and Florence and enters the Villa Medici.
Morell's tent and traditional camera obscura images of Italy serve not, however, as dry linear truths, but rather fluid juxtapositions imbued with the same sense of discovery, magic and wonder that powered the Renaissance.
In the gallery's "Blue Room" there will also be a separate exhibition of 'Cliché Verre' (meaning 'glass picture') photographs of ferns and cycads.
Morell created this body of work for The Island of Rota, a limited edition publication by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Used by the French painters Corot and Millet, the 'Cliché Verre' technique is essentially a hand drawn negative and employing it Morell has pressed several plants repeatedly all over the surface of a glass plate to achieve a poetic, complex imagery, conjuring up landscapes of imaginary dense jungles and forests.
The show closes on the 18th of December.
We say; go see.