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Asya Geisberg Gallery: Lisa Ross AFTER NIGHT - 27 Oct 2011 to 7 Jan 2012

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27 Oct 2011 to 7 Jan 2012
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
Opening: Thursday October 27, 6 - 8 pm
Asya Geisberg Gallery
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Lisa Ross, After Night, 2011
Digital print on Hahnemuehle photo rag
40" x 60".
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Lisa Ross AFTER NIGHT

October 27 -  January 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday October 27, 6 - 8 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday November 12, 1 pm

Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present After Night, an exhibition of photographs by New York-based artist Lisa Ross. For ten years, Lisa Ross has documented the ritual objects and burial sites of the Uyghurs of Western China. In her enigmatic new series After Night, she has revisited Xinjiang, and captured another aftermath -- the commonplace ritual of sleep. The photographs in this series isolate meager beds, with a few blankets or pillows, within the vast and arid desert landscape. As in her earlier work, no human is allowed into the picture frame, and we are left to decipher what or where, and even whom, the photograph suggests.

In Ross's past images, twigs laced and knotted with scraps of brightly colored cloth suggested an ancient art installation. Similarly, in After Night, the viewer at first imagines that some trickster has placed the beds expressly for our visual delectation. In fact, the beds are captured exactly where they are, left by an unseen farmer tending his harvest. The artistry is at once incidental - as the beds are actually a nightly shelter - and purposefully expressive. The actual daily existence is left a mystery, and the harsh daylight in Ross's exposures reveals only the simple materiality of the beds, the intricate bedspreads, and the lunar landscape of their surroundings. Recontextualized as found objets-d'art, and elevated into aesthetic stillness, the beds have a visual urgency that transcends our mind's desire to dismiss the domestic.

In giving us these glimpses of a land 14,000 miles away, Ross is an unlikely anthropologist. She thwarts knowledge with an infinite incomprehension, as these unforgiving and unfamiliar images force a distance, exaggerated by the absence of specific markers of place and time. How can we possibly imagine the day-to-dayness that follows night? Sometimes, a pair of beds breaks the eerie loneliness within this series. So spare, desolate, and startling in composition, Ross's photographs are remnants and suggestions of otherworldliness.

Each new series based on the Uyghurs reinvigorates our imagination, even as Ross's images remain unpopulated. Like Scheherazade, Ross spins her tales with no end in sight. In After Night, we crave not just to know where she has travelled and what she has seen, but to discover the place that exists only in her photographs, knowing that if we arrived in that same spot, her tales would go up in thin air, just as Scheherazade's.

Lisa Ross lives and works in New York. Ross received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence. Ross has had solo exhibitions at Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, and Nelson Hancock Gallery, and group exhibitions at Bellwether, Murray Guy, and the Bronx Museum of Art among others. Her work has received multiple reviews in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and New York Magazine. In 2012, Ross will have solo exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art, NY, and U.C. Berkeley.


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