Arisohn + Murphy is pleased to present Jonathan Smith, Glaciers at 130 W. 42nd St. Shot in Southern Patagonia, the large-scale photographs capture the austere beauty of the ice forms while at the same time becoming almost abstract without reference to scale or time. Smith’s photographic mastery captures the extreme beauty of this natural phenomena while contrasting the unfathomable power of nature that creates these structures and the human behaviors that threaten their future existence. Firmly positioned in the contemporary art tradition, Smith’s photographs also relate to abstract painters like Barnett Newman known for the “zips” of color that rip through his abstract canvases and Mark Rothko’s color fields famous for their sublime transcendence. Using the photographic medium and turning towards nature, Smith highlights the abstract beauty of our world that has often been alluded to in abstract art.
This presentation was made possible with the support of GarveyISimon.