Robert Klein Gallery presents Arne Svenson's The Neighbors
Robert Klein Gallery is pleased to presentARNE SVENSON'S renowned series, The Neighbors. The exhibition begins on Friday, September 9 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY @ ARS LIBRI, and runs until Saturday, October 30.
In The Neighbors, ARNE SVENSON has turned outward from his usual studio based practice to study the daily activities of his downtown Manhattan neighbors as seen through his windows into theirs. Svenson has always combined a highly developed aesthetic sense viewed from the perspective of social anthropology in his eclectic projects with subjects ranging from prisoners to sock monkeys. His projects are almost always instigated by an external or random experience which brings new objects or equipment into his life - in this case he inherited a bird watching telephoto lens from a friend.
The grid structure of the windows frame the quotidian activities of the neighbors, forming images which are puzzling, endearing, theatrical and often seem to mimic art history, from Delacroix to Vermeer.
Voyeuristic and investigative, The Neighbors is social documentation in a very rarified environment. The large color prints have been cropped to various orientations and sizes to condense and focus the action. In a recent review in Photograph from his LA show, C. Wagley wrote, "...had you not read the press release, you might think these were film stills from some slow-moving art-house picture."
Svenson's work is in the collections of the Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.