Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 16, 5:30-8:30
Danielle Epstein’s latest collection of photographs will seduce
you. Using repetition and scale, Epstein’s clear, crisp photos
of ordinary objects form intriguing patterns that naturally activate
your curatorial and artistic sensibilities.
Her matte photographs measuring 16in x 2ft and 16in x 6ft, picture
stones, wood and other natural and domestic detail. Their geometric
layout suggests a pictorial language. It’s easy to regard
each photo as a single gesture, yet when joined with others, they
become part of a visual phrase.
For example, place the photograph Fur Pillow along side
Marble with Straw Rug to create an abstract landscape.
Or, create a series based on visual structures by placing Joists,
a horizontal strip of wooden ceiling beams, between the two vertical
photos Bolts and Wine Cask.
At once pure design and simple accident, Epstein has an eye for
objects with richly hued surfaces, textures, dimensions, and marks–both
organic and made-made. The photos encourage the creation of series
in sets of twos and threes; yet each piece can also stand alone,
“a study of minutiae” as Epstein calls it.
Scale is another unique aspect of Epstein’s work. With some
pictures standing six feet tall, the photo itself becomes an object
of art. Place the six footers together and you have a row of contemporary
totems: Wine Casks, Bulkhead Logs, Pots, Bolts, Nuts and
Leaves, with each photo offering new associations. By transforming
ordinary things into flexible puzzle pieces, Epstein’s work
allows you to mix and match the stuff of life. Place Keyhole
next to Trunk and you have a mystery. Seen together, neat
Armoire and peeling Green Cabinet reflect on time,
and so on.
Epstein’s discriminating eye has transformed you from a viewer
into an inner-actor. You don’t just see, you experience the
work and leave its presence with a reawakened desire to find the
beauty that hides all around us. This is Danielle Epstein’s
6th solo show at Robin Rice. A native New Yorker, she studied painting
at Duke University and received her MFA from the School of Visual
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