Sunday, November 05, 2006
ellen kooi: recent photography
[nieuwkoop–sluis, 2004, enduraflex c-print on plexiglass, h: 39.5 x w: 64 in / h: 100.3 x w: 162.6 cm]
recent works by ellen kooi—whose photographs blend documentation and psychology of the dutch landscape—can be savored at her current show at p.p.o.w. in this, her second solo exhibition in the united states, kooi carefully stages her panoramas. kooi works in the manner of a film director—making preliminary sketches, designing the location and lighting, and positioning her human subjects. she does all this without sacrificing spontaneity in the course of an involved production method (including elaborate lighting and double and triple light exposures). not only do kooi’s subjects blend into the classical compositions they inhabit: they are fused with a documentary style and perfectly pitched technique. conflicting impulses that characterize life today are conveyed, while integrating rapid shifts in moods and conditions.
oct 20 - nov 25, 2006/p.p.o.w./ 555 West 25th Street, new york ny 10001/t 212.647.1044/f 212.647.1043/tuesday-saturday, 11 - 6 pm/http://www.ppowgallery.com/