Saturday, October 31, 2009

Anna Krachey @ Contemporary Arts Museum Houston


Galaxy, 2007, digital archival print, ed. of 10, 31 x 40 inches


Artists' gallery talk:
Thursday, November 5, 6:30pm
Opening reception:
Thursday, November 5, 7-9pm
On view: November 06, 2009 – February 07, 2010

Austin-based photographers Anna Krachey, Jessica Mallios, and Adam Schreiber are fascinated by the transformations that occur when the visible world passes through the camera’s lens. Capturing an image on film, they believe, is always an uncanny process because the photograph inevitably differs from what the artist perceived at the moment of its making. Using highly manipulable, large-format box cameras and a wide range of architectural, technological, and household subjects, they create images that acknowledge the mysterious slippages, distortions, and blendings of real and unreal inherent in photography. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present Perspectives 168: Anna Krachey, Jessica Mallios, and Adam Schreiber, the first museum exhibition for these artists.

Krachey, Mallios, and Schreiber—friends and colleagues who work independently but share interests and approaches—are aware that, because of the instantaneous nature of exposures and the architecture of cameras with origins in Renaissance camera obscuras, all photographs distort appearances as they record light reflected from three-dimensional objects on a flat surface. By employing unusual framing, extreme close-ups, and idiosyncratic points of view, the artists seek to remind us of the artificial, enigmatic nature of photographic images. Likening their images to mirages, Krachey, Mallios, and Schreiber make photographs that evoke heightened or estranged versions of the visible world. Anna Krachey concentrates on her domestic sphere, making images of oddball objects she purchases on eBay or finds in ignored corners of her house and neighborhood. Creating a homespun Surrealism, Krachey’s work is filled with arresting juxtapositions of places and things that suggest a personal hall of mirrors in which questions about intentionality and accident, play and seriousness, abound.


Thursday, January 7, 6:30pm - Toby Kamps, exhibition curator and senior curator, CAMH
Thursday, January 28, 6:30pm - Kurt Mueller, critical studies fellow, The Core Program, Glassell School of Art, MFAH

5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006


Ear, 2007, digital archival print, ed. of 10, 31 x 40 inches

View additional images of Anna Krachey's work here, see them in person @ Marty Walker Gallery, and for more information, please contact gallery.