Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Photos at PEM
SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents an installation of works by acclaimed photographer Robert Weingarten. Long before social media popularized the documentation of life’s daily rituals, Robert Weingarten launched a photographic odyssey beginning in January 2003. Over the course of the year, he made daily exposures at precisely 6:30 am, maintaining an identical combination of camera, 350-millimeter lens, slow-speed film and viewpoint overlooking Santa Monica Bay. A selection of these resulting images are on view through May 2015 at PEM.
Large-scale, luminous photographs of Malibu capture what the artist calls, “the fleeting nature of a particular confluence of light, and conditions that render a moment dramatic and singular.” Unfiltered and unmanipulated, Weingarten produced a series of 137 pigment prints display a seemingly infinite variety of color, mood and atmosphere that reflects the changes in season, weather and even the impact of air pollution. 6:30 am, Robert Weingarten also captures life at the edge of a bustling seaside city: airplanes come and go at LAX international airport and boats traverse the oceanfront at Marina del Rey.
Weingarten’s photographs engage a long tradition of photographing in sequence, chronicling the way a scene changes from moment to moment, and day to day. The bold, immersive colors also call to mind works of American Expressionist artists, especially Mark Rothko, whose color field paintings have influenced generations of artists. Weingarten reminds us that it is not always necessary to travel to make great photographs, and that sometimes the best art is made close to home.
PEM PRESENTS PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDITATIONS ON CALIFORNIA SKYLINE
6:30 am, Robert Weingarten on view through May 2015