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NONPROFIT CARTER BURDEN GALLERY IN CHELSEA CULTIVATES WORK OF OLDER PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS Exhibitions Opening by Flo Fox, Len Speier, Bill Richards & Marilyn SontagPresented by
Disco Ball will feature photographs of Flo Fox and Len Speier capturing the wild, frenetic, and sometimes gritty, days of disco. Through their images, viewers will be transported to a time of Warhol, nightclubs and unfettered revelry. Flo Fox and Len Speier, Disco Ball, made possible in part with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. A reportage, “street photographer” since 1972, Flo Fox has shot over 120,000 images. For Fox, photography is her existence and covers all aspects of being a single woman and artist in New York City, while having the freedom and good fortune for extensive travel. Though visually impaired and physically challenged from multiple sclerosis, confining her to a wheelchair, she never goes anywhere without her camera. Totally disabled from the neck down since 1999, she directs friends, attendants, or people in the street to take pictures for her.
Len Speier was taken with photography from the time his uncle gave him a primitive film developing kit on his 13th Birthday, and he has been engaged in photography for over 40 years. For Speier, photography is the art of exclusion, the power to create through the camera what is desired to be revealed. It is the serendipitous confluence of the eye, brain, sensitivity and the action of the finger on the shutter release. Speier aims to capture humanism and social reality in his work. Bill Richards’ Streamed Space Paintings frame and interlace space with streams and flowing masses of pure color, giving the impression of simultaneous occurrence. His process results in misdirected colors while maintaining the color autonomy of convergent wet paint. Dramatic and majestic, the “gestures” are grand and bold, their interaction seemingly confused yet oddly coherent—they seem to converge and diverge simultaneously, forming a kind of fluid Gordian knot that seems to unravel as it is tied—and their colors are fresh and luminous.
For her On the Wall installation, Marilyn Sontag will explore aesthetic contrasts and complements. Her improvised environment will utilize planned and unplanned elements, including cut and torn shapes of paper spiraling and curling against panels of color. The resulting environment will capture the illusion of movement and ethereal lightness.
1- Flo Fox photo, from the upcoming Disco Ball show, digital print, 16" x 20" (framed) 2- Len Speier, Disco Gazelle, digital print, 20" x 16" (framed) 3- Bill Richards, Crossover, Diptych, Acrylic on Canvas, 72" x 120"