Career Retrospective:

Journey into the Unknown

carl Chiarenza at the George Eastman Museum

Link to Exhibition Website

 

Throughout his career, Carl Chiarenza (American, b. 1935) has demonstrated that photographs can provide much more than just documentary evidence. Rather than create straightforward records of the cast-off materials that appear before his camera, Chiarenza photographically transforms them into new and provocative images. His photographs often bear little resemblance to their actual subjects and instead suggest mysterious worlds that viewers are invited to explore.

 

This retrospective exhibition spans the Rochester-based artist’s entire career, beginning with early photographs Chiarenza made as an undergraduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1950s and concluding with a large selection of his most recent work in collage. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to follow the continuities and ruptures in Chiarenza’s artistic journey as his career enters its seventh decade.

 

This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with text by curator Will Green and Keith Davis.



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New Catalog Available from the George Eastman Museum

Journey Into the Unknown

New Catalog by the George Eastman Museum

with text by William T. Green and Keith F. Davis

 

This publication accompanies a retrospective exhibition at the George Eastman Museum (February 5-June 20, 2021), which spans Carl Chiarenza's career, beginning with early photographs the artist made as an undergraduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1950s and concluding with a large selection of his most recent work in collage. The illustrated catalogue, with essays by William T. Green and Keith F. Davis, provides readers an opportunity to follow the continuities and ruptures in Chiarenza's artistic journey as his career enters its seventh decade.

Now Showing: Carl Chiarenza at Vision Gallery

Vision Gallery

 

18 Yosef Rivlin Street

Jerusalem, Israel 

 

Carl Chiarenza has been an important presence in American photography since the time that I began making images. For me, with my background in landscape oriented work, many of his images evoke a landscape that was never was but might come into being at any moment. He calls these “Landscapes of the Mind”.

 

His abstract images are constructed from torn paper, pieces of things, collages that he makes, photographs and often discards, saving only the image. Carl said that he once aspired to make photographs of the land, but when he went outside to photograph, he came back only with mosquito bites. In 1979, he began working in the studio, where he has remained ever since. Carl stated about his work, “what I’m doing is responding to things the way composers respond to sound.” His photographs are silent music. Chiarenza’s prints are in all the great public collections and have been exhibited widely; it is a privilege to have them here at Vision.

 

-Neil Folberg

 

 

New Recording: Brooks Jensen on Carl Chiarenza

Those Who Inspire Me (and Why) 

Brooks Jensen on Carl Chiarenza

 

Listen to new recording of Brooks Jensen discussing the work of Carl Chiarenza on LensWork Online.

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New Monograph: Landscapes of a Mind Evolving

 

New Monograph by LensWork

with text by Bill Johnson

 

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65 images, 72 pages

Book dimensions: 9" wide by 8" tall

 

In this volume, we are delighted to bring attention to Carl Chiarenza’s important 1988 monograph, Landscapes of the Mind. This museum-quality hardbound is now an expensive collectible that is difficult to find. Chiarenza’s images, however, are still as captivating and mesmerizing as they were in his 1988 publication. If you’ve not seen his book, perhaps the images in this LensWork Monograph will explain why we are so motivated to introduce Chiarenza to those who might not be acquainted with his creative vision — which, by the way, continues. Many of the images in this LensWork Monograph are new, and demonstrate Chiarenza’s evolving vision and his ongoing explorations of landscapes of his mind.

 

 

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“Each episode in the Symphony,” Stravinsky wrote, “is linked in my imagination with a specific cinematographic impression of the war. But the Symphony is not programmatic. Composers combine notes—that is all. How and in what form the things of this world are impressed upon their music is not for them to say.”