212GALLERY is pleased to present Being There, featuring eight color photographs by Michael Lipkin.
Being There focuses on the discovery of the interaction between architecture and experience. The photos on exhibit capture the poetry of the places and spaces we create. They bring back the memory of the place - somewhere between the visible and the invisible.
"I've spent my life looking at, photographing and making architecture," says Lipkin. "Architectural photography, in general, records what it may look like but seldom what it feels like to be there, move through it, experience it over time."
Lipkins' color photographs capture the very essence of experience; coaxing the physicality of the space to transcend the expected.
The works are the opposite of still photography. The images are active; the process is active. By constantly adjusting shutter speed, aperture, focus, and focal length, Lipkin moves through the space, experiencing it wholly; his camera as his companion. The work is minimally cropped with no post-production manipulation of images.
"Architecture exists to accommodate and even elevate the human experience, and in the case of sacred and civic spaces - a place for our most compelling events, he says.
Ascension #11, Santa Maria Gloriosa, Venice, spirals and lures like a Sufi crescendo, while the pieces, Ascension #3, #4, are ephemeral. Muted, soothing. Archetypal.The visual manifestation of a religious moment.
Viewing Lipkins' photographs, one can't help but be lured into the soft rhythms made tangible by shutter speed, aperture, focus, and focal length. His works proffer transformation. What is at first seen as solely visual vanishes. The physical space inhabited by our senses eradicates the sense of time, allowing us to transcend the bricks and mortar of architecture as it surrenders its history and purpose, allowing us to experience a subjective meaning.
In the end, these "architectural" images allow us to experience the highest calling of architecture.
"I want to capture the extended moment of the interaction between architectural space and human experience - where the subject and the object collide, where they dance and our thoughts recede and we are astonished," he says.
This work celebrates Lipkins' obsession with the interaction between the arts and with the balance between control, experimentation, and discovery.
Michael Lipkin is an architect, designer, photographer, print-maker, sculptor, and lifelong student of the visual arts and music. With this collection he brings his understanding of composition (sculpture), light and choreography (architecture), and time and movement (music) to create a unique body of work and offer a glimpse of this layered process.
He received his undergraduate degree in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Yale.
Michael Lipkin is represented by the 212 Gallery in Aspen where his work Sublimation - photographs and videos - were exhibited in 2011. In 2011 his work was has shown at the Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery in New York and at the Kim Foster Gallery, also in New York. He currently resides in Aspen.