Comments/Context: When a recognized filmmaker exhibits still photographs, I think we all come with the expectation that these images will be "cinematic" in some identifiable way, perhaps in their use of motion, their exploitation of camera angles or their building of narrative arcs. But Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski's globe trotting street photographs consistently turn on formal and structural elements, abstracting scenes and compositions from everyday life into two dimensional lines, geometries, and blocks of color. His sense for the cinematic comes through in their presentation, where the individual photographs are grouped into sets of 5 and then sequenced into what he calls "strings", resulting in finished works that combine abstraction with narrative progression, visual echo, repetition, and formal interplay.
Each of these works is almost like a puzzle to be unraveled or a rebus to be decoded, and slower, more deliberate looking uncovers more progressive harmonies and repetitions, especially using shadows and window reflections. Or maybe each is some form of photographic sonata, taking primary and secondary themes through introduction, exposition, development, recapitulation, and coda. Whatever the underlying structure, Manchevski's strings being movement to his formal street photographs, adding a sense of playful, symbiotic interconnection to his found abstractions.
Rating: * (one star) GOOD (rating system described here)
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Through July 14th
Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects
547 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001