September 25 – November 28, 2003
GRIFFIN MUSEUM PRESENTS FIRST RETROSPECTIVE OF NEW YORK ARTIST’S WORK
Staller’s photographs have been taken at locations around the world. Often his subjects have been found in areas of urban or industrial ruins and more recently at construction sites, and agriculture and manufacturing environments. His subjects are mundane, familiar objects such as shipping containers, spools of Tyvek and half-finished buildings. All are elements and places that are generally passed by unnoticed but through Staller’s lens take on an ethereal beauty that forces the viewer to take note.
Common to most of Staller’s photographs is a representation of a kind of sculptural presence. While none of his subjects were intended to be actual sculptures, the imagery that he produces is very much related to the issues explored in the contemporary sculpture of artists such as Richard Serra or Walter Demaria. In fact, what are actually depicted in Staller’s photographs are objects and materials assembled at a location for a purpose totally unconcerned with art.
Through meticulous framing of the subject and the mixing of natural and artificial light, Staller creates startling effects that make the ordinary totally extraordinary. The peculiar lighting and vibrant colors in his images often lead the viewer to mistakenly assume the photographs have been digitally re-touched. Printing his photographs on a very large scale, Staller confronts the viewer and forces them to re-define what beauty is and where it can be found.
Staller’s work has been exhibited at some of the most prestigious museums and galleries in the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the International Center of Photography, the Fogg Art Museum and the Julie Saul and Klotz Sirmon Galleries in New York. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and many more. His images have also appeared in publications including American Photo, Life and the New York Magazine. His most recent book, “On Planet Earth: Travels in an Unfamiliar Land” published by Aperture in 1997, a comprehensive overview of Staller’s work will be available at the Griffin Book Store.
An Artist’s Reception will be held on Thursday, September 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST