Nathalie Boutte at Yossi Milo Gallery

French artist Nathalie Boutte captures the allure of the unknown past in her collage recreations of 19th century daguerreotypes and historical photos. Here, Boutte remakes Seydou Keita’s well-known 1958 portrait of a hip young Malian man using strips of paper covered with varying amounts of text. The effect (seen here in detail) is to blur Keita’s sharply clear image, suggesting that the passage of time diminishes the potential to see the subject clearly. (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea through Oct 21st).

Nathalie Boutte, (detail of) Jeune homme a la fleur rouge, collage of Japanese paper, ink, 29 3/8 x 18 inches, unique, 2016.

Myoung Ho Lee at Yossi Milo Gallery

Studio portraits and landscape photography merge in Myoung Ho Lee’s series of trees in Mongolia and Korea, set against a white canvas backdrop. Lee digitally removes ropes and assistants, suggesting a less mediated encounter with a solitary and wonderful product of nature. (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea through Aug 25th).

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree…#9, archival inkjet print, 15 ¾ x 22 1/8 inches (image), 2017.

Simen Johan at Yossi Milo Gallery

Simen Johan’s stunning image of sea lions (seen here in detail) has the creatures rising to the right in a digitally manipulated crescendo of activity. The composition and atmospheric background recalls Gericault’s famously dramatic 19th century shipwreck scene, ‘The Raft of the Medusa,’ though it is animals that embody intense emotion. (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea through Aug 10th).

 

Simen Johan, Untitled #188, digital C-Print, 71 x 94 ¼, 2015.
Simen Johan, Untitled #188, digital C-Print, 71 x 94 ¼, 2015.

Chris Killip at Yossi Milo Gallery

Photographer Chris Killip’s iconic images of the North of England, shot between 1973 and 1985, give meaning to the stereotype, ‘It’s grim up north.’ How will these two young girls survive their grey surroundings? (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea, through Feb 27th).

Chris Killip, Two girls, Grangetown, Middlebrough, Teeside, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches (approx.), 1975.
Chris Killip, Two girls, Grangetown, Middlebrough, Teeside, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches (approx.), 1975.

Greg Smith in ‘I Am a Lie and I am Gold’ at Yossi Milo Gallery

Greg Smith’s handmade camera, crafted from linoleum, canvas,
digital camera parts and more is a standout in Yossi Milo Gallery’s exhibition
of camera related art.  Mixing the
haphazard with digital know-how and a craft-oriented look, this tool is one of
a kind.  (In Chelsea through Jan 23rd).

Greg Smith, Linoleum Camera, linoleum, canvas, gesso,
thread, paper, graphite, pushpin, lens, copper, epoxy, digital camera parts,
wood, hardware, 2014.