© Elyn Zimmerman

Icy Creek, 2003
C-print on archival paper mounted on sintra
36 x 48 inches, ed. of 5

Elyn Zimmerman

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition of photographic works by artist Elyn Zimmerman in thirty years.

Once associated with the 1970s west coast "Light and Space" movement along with contemporaries James Turrell and Robert Irwin, it was through Elyn Zimmerman’s aim to capture the immaterial phenomenon of light that we see the birth of her relationship with photography. Primarily recognized for her impressive large-scale sculptural commissions, this new series of photographic work brings us back to the serene insight of an artist who draws wisdom and inspiration from the world around her.

Taken with either a digital or 35 millimeter camera, Zimmerman first began this process of documenting natural surfaces – lakes, oceans, streams, ice, clouds and snow in the summer of 2002. These are Zimmerman's first photographs taken in color and also represent the artist's first foray into the application of new computer technologies. Rather than presenting them individually, Zimmerman assembles groups of images, sometimes randomly, and sometimes with purpose, into the form of a grid.

"Zimmerman uses the grid to convey the experience of being at the site, the multiple images seeming to represent the shifting of the eye (or of the mind) as it absorbs the changing reflections and patters of the moving water. At the same time, the grid format asserts the work's identification as a mental construct…. Some (of the works) are graphic in effect, others "painterly", while still others suggest sculptural relief. The new photographs range in mood from lyrical to dramatic, meditative to passionate and playful to austere." - Roni Feinstein

As in her early works as a "Light and Space" artist, Zimmerman has once again successfully captured the immateriality of light, reflection and the passage of time in this present series of photographs.

A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Roni Feinstien will accompany the exhibition.

May 22 - June 21, 2003
Hours: Tue-Sat 10 am - 6 pm

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