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Left Image: Coplans Interlocking Fingers No. 1,
1999 gelatin silver print, 33.5 x 26.75"
Image: Means, Water Glass 1, 2004 gelatin silver print,
46 x 38"
Coplans + Amanda Means
January 2 - February 3, 2009
Howard Yezerski Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition
John Coplans + Amanda Means: Distilled opening January 2, 2009.
This exhibition of black and white photographs curated by Amanda
Means is the first time Coplans and Means have had an exhibition
of work together. Working in large format black and white photographs
the two photographers capture everyday objects: the human body,
fingers, water glasses, leaves and light bulbs and distill them
down through attentive observation into a metaphor for something
Means who grew up in upstate New York moved as young artist to
New York City in the mid-1970's where she was influenced by Abstract
Expressionism and in particular the bold simplifications of Franz
Kline and Aaron Siskind. Means began making abstract photographs
based on man made objects in her surrounding environment. Struck
by the how far she could push an object toward abstraction yet
still recognize it as that same object she continues to push those
forms in objects in her photographs of leaves, light bulbs, and
Coplans had an illustrious career in the arts before becoming
a photographer in the 1980's. He spent several years as a painter
in London before moving to San Francisco in 1960 where he devoted
his attention to curating and writing. He was one of the founding
editors of ArtForum Magazine and spent time as the Senior Curator
at the Pasadena Art Museum as well as the Director of the Akron
Art Museum. Coplans photographed his own naked and aging body,
closely cropped and greatly enlarged, the skin and his own body
transforming into something entirely different.
For further information please contact Alexis Dunfee at Howard
Yezerski Gallery 617.262.0550 Tuesday - Saturday 10-5:30pm