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Minimal in Midtown
Chuck Kelton and Go Sugimoto
Works on Paper
Don Burmeister
 by Chuck Kelton. Source: robertandersongallery.com
Chuck Kelton

Two contemporary silver gelatin masters are featured in this cool and rejuvenating show at Robert Anderson Gallery. In the front room are high contrast photograms of natural objects by the well-known printer Chuck Kelton; in the back are light- filled images of white paper on a white background by a newer presence on the scene: Go Sugimoto.

Largely stark black and white images, Kelton’s photograms might, at first glance, be taken for torn paper collages. But as in any good minimalist work, closer inspection brings richer pleasures. Using with rocks and tree branches, they were made at night by exposing the paper to moonlight. Surprisingly, moonlight turns out to be an important factor in the images. Because the exposure is long and the moon is moving across the sky, the shadow of the three dimensional objects on the paper changes over time. Additionally, the brightness of the moon may change with changing sky conditions. The white areas acquire a penumbra of shades that add an unexpectedly three-dimensional quality to the images. And the border between the black and the white areas on the prints, while not sharp, becomes a rich history of the exposure time.

 by Go Sugimoto. Source: robertandersongallery.com
Go Sugimoto

The white on white photographs by Go Sugimoto take us to the opposite extreme in minimalist photography. White on white is not a new premise in photography, of course, but these pieces are masterfully realized. Sugimoto (no relation to the reigning monarch of minimalist photography Hiroshi Sugimoto) photographed curled scraps of paper, diffusely lit, which he then printed on low contrast paper. With just the bare minimum of shadow in places, his luminous images attain a glimmering presence on the wall, almost like a beam of light gently moving across the room.

Both photographers work rewardingly with the tonalities the black and white gelatin medium offers. The show is worth seeing if only to remind us just how beautiful these can be.

Chuck Kelton and Go Sugimoto
Works on Paper


Robert Anderson Gallery
24 W 57th St. 5th Fl
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Tuesday, July 5 to
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Hours: Summer Hours: Mon-Fri 11 to 6
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