Sandi Haber Fifield: Lineations

Sandi Haber Fifield: Lineations

July 7 - August 23, 2017 at Robert  Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri

SANDI HABER FIFIELD, Untitled (LF16_146), 2016

Robert Klein Gallery is pleased to present our first exhibition of work by gallery artist SANDI HABER FIFIELD. Showcasing the artist's most recent series, Lineations, t his exhibition of unique pieces takes place  at our South End gallery, ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY @ ARS LIBRI from July 7 through August 23. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, July 7, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm during SoWa Boston's First Friday event.

In Lineations, SANDI HABER FIFIELD challenges the photograph's privilege as a record of the seen by manipulating images in a variety of ways and combining them with drawings on vellum to expand their formal and expressive possibilities. Through her combination of materials, her embrace of the contingent and ephemeral, and in her choreographed meeting of the found and the invented, HABER FIFIELD articulates the tenuous beauty and fragility of the natural world.

SANDI HABER FIFIELDUntitled (LF16_144), 2016

HABER FIFIELD has experimented with multiple images throughout her career, exploring various ways of extending the photographic frame since the 1970s. As the artist explains, "I have never felt constrained by the parameters of traditional photography and have only rarely been interested in pursuing photography as fact."  In Lineations, HABER FIFIELD has used the camera to capture what resembles a drawing in nature - telecommunication wires and invasive vines, the prosaic line of a tennis court crack, the swirls of desiccated dune grass on a beach and the determined joints in a concrete sidewalk. Treating the resulting imagery as raw material, HABER FIFIELD may adjust a photograph's color or layer different versions of the same image, varying the size and changing the orientation; or, she may embellish the lines inherent in the image with her own drawn lines. Graphite and wax pastel drawings made in response to and as an extension of these altered images have been conjoined to the photographic print.

SANDI HABER FIFIELD Untitled (LF16_109) , 2016

Intimate in scale, the drawings are both intuitive and insistent with a line that is spindly and brittle as well as elegant. The vellum adds another layer, translucent and atmospheric, that one looks both at and through.  HABER FIFIELD'S drawings complete and clarify the given lines in the photograph, amplifying both the logic and whimsy of nature, while revealing a satisfying order in the world. The tactile layering of these hybrid images creates an immediacy that resists the homogeneity of our mediated culture.

In addition to SANDI HABER FIFIELD'S Lineations, we will also have on display the artist's latest self-published portfolio,  BUT THAT ONE LET GO a collaborative project which weaves the artist's photographs with poetry by David Gorin. 

SANDI HABER FIFIELD, (born 1956 in Youngstown, Ohio) currently lives and works in Connecticut.  She received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her work has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, The DeCordova Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Oakland Museum, and the St. Louis Museum and collected by The Brooklyn Museum, International Museum of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, The High Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Haber Fifield's work has been published in three monographs: Threshold (Kehrer, 2013), Walking through the World (Charta, 2009) and Between Planting and Picking (Charta, 2011).

SANDI HABER FIFIELDUntitled (LF16_136), 2016


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