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21.03.2012

 

Katherine Wolkoff : Found. solo show at the Sasha Wolf Gallery

Block Island, located 11 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, is an important stopover for migrating birds.

One day in the early 20th century, Elizabeth Dickens, a native inhabitant of the island, began collecting the dead birds.

She stuffed them, catalogued them – and created her own project including 172 ornithological and handpicked ‘specimens’.

Every death is meticulously documented: crashed into the lighthouse, strolled too close to the cat, electrocuted by the telephone wire,....

Katherine Wolkoff's pictures of the birds provide an inherently formal and archival cross-section of the flying stopover guests that never made it to their final destination – yet still retain a degree of sympathy for the poor creatures.

The background is held in simple white and the perspective is as up-close at it gets – by means of unusual arrangements of the long-deceased birds and her minimalist use of colour, the photographer balances on the thin line between scientific exhibit and art object.

Approach, take-off, interaction … a peculiar dance of the dead that waltzes right back into life.

Sasha Wolf Gallery is proud to present the slightly morbid solo exhibition of Katherine Wolkoff – and rightfully so.

This is Katherine Wolkoff’s first exhibition at the Sasha Wolf Gallery. Her photographs have been widely exhibited including exhibitions at Danziger Projects, the New York Photo Festival and Women in Photography. Her photographs are included in the collections of the Addison Gallery of Art and the Norton Museum of Art. Born in 1976, Wolkoff graduated from Barnard College and received her MFA in photography from Yale School of Art.


Katherine Wolkoff: Found
A solo show, colour photographs
28ten April 2012
548 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
sashawolf.com

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery : Katherine Wolkoff