The Works shown in this Exhibition depict scenes in a city, in any city. Deserted Streets. Music, people living and moving. Happiness but also hopelessness. Change and decay. The Bold and the fragile. Light and dark.
Like when I think of all the places I haven't been
And won't ever likely get there
But I think maybe I will
Yes, that's the way I think
Like the song says
The sun will shine thru my back door someday
All the way down to the bottom of my stomach and back up again
Yes that's the way I feel
– Charles Mingus, Scenes in the city (1957)
On the occasion of the opening of this year's DC OPEN, Gallery Julian Sander shows a selection of Photographers whose works show the impact of citylife on people and the other way around, question what influence the people can have on a city.
The contemporary photographers Sean Hemmerle and Jory Hull, disclose urban structures and their change: Jory Hull's series 'underground improvisations' deals with advertising posters that have been transformed by passers-by through visual changes, blemishes or even destruction. The results of these, not uncommon, actions by predominantly waiting people have both a humorous and a disturbed expression. In the broadest sense, they reflect the social life of the city and how it deals with the visual advertising environment.
Sean Hemmerle photographs everyday architecture in places that are prone to conflict and struggle—from the Middle East to Central America - revealing the hidden signs of vitality and beauty amidst tensions. His work instantly captures moments of ascent and decline; every impression balances on the sharp edge of the ephemeral. The portrait-esqe motifs of the Solidary Structures project deal with the disappearing industrial cities of the American Rust Belt, the dusty, sun-saturated cityscapes of the Middle East and the quiet capitals of Europe. These intimate images vibrate with the silent mystery of the time that unfolds in them.
Beside these Artists, we show photographs from the 50s and 60s by John Cohen, Larry Fink, William Christenberry, Rosalind Solomon or Herb Snizer whose focus is on music and relationships. As important representatives of American street photography, the works of Walker Evans, Leon Levinstein, Lisette Model, and Louis Faurer, Weegee or Peter Keetman show everyday life on the streets.
Press release courtesy Galerie Julian Sander.