The primary objective of photographer Ari Gabel, Ohio-born and raised, is to document the vanishing faces and stories of anonymous individuals across America. His unconventional compositions breathe fresh air into the documentary tradition via an aesthetic awareness that unites a disparate range of imagery. Ethereally-lit garages enshrouded in mist perfectly complement seemingly candid portraits, with the outdoors as the common denominator that ties this diverse body of work together. Gabel’s method fuses a research element with sheer instinct, allowing him to explore the environment around him and to establish a common understanding of the land. This approach also accounts for the refreshingly impromptu feel of his photographs, as does his fondness for the analogue camera, which he employs not for its novelty value in the digital age, but for its capacity to form a closer connection with his subjects. www.arigabel.com.
This Autumn, New York’s MoMA PS1 hosts a comprehensive retrospective covering over six decades of work by Carolee Schneemann.
Inclusive Practice, Martin Creed in Aesthetica Magazine
At the 2001 Tate Turner Prize, Yorkshire-born artist Martin Creed (b. 1968) presented Work No. 227: The lights going on and off. Consisting of an empty room, the work existed as, quite literally, the lights in the room going on and off every five seconds, cyclically submerging the room in darkness.