Works on Paper by Master Print Maker Raphael Fodde'
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IN THE SHADOWS, featuring works in black & white by contemporary photographer ED LEVECKIS and master printmaker RAPHAEL FODDE at HENRY GREGG GALLERY November 5-Dec. 20, 2009. Opening Night Reception Thursday November 5th, 6-9 pm.
The Nioka Workman Trio will perform at this event. (Nioka Workman is daughter of Reggie Workman the legendary bassist for John Coltrane)
Photographer Edmund Leveckis is a photographer living and working in New York. “In The Shadows” is the first major show of his illuminating photographs taken in New York.
In the tradition of most street photographers Leveckis carries a camera at all times photographing the nuances of daily life in the city.
In this exhibit through the use of strong shadows Leveckis explores New York City’s mosaic of sidewalks and streets to explore and examine the smaller and indecisive moments that go unnoticed.
Rarely setting out to shoot a specific subject or event, he focuses on capturing life as it is experienced.
Without any pre-visualization in mind this path is also followed throughout the post process work creating and evoking a profound aesthetic consciousness.
Later this year Leveckis will also be participating in the exhibition, BIOSPHERE, at the MORA Gallery in Santiago, Chile.
BIOSPHERE includes 172 photographs, 16 videos and 10 audio pieces made by 35 artists from around the world. The artists capture vital areas and vestiges of humanity, and the interaction of people with their environment, from a poetic/experimental point of view.
In addition Edmund Leveckis has exhibited in North America and Europe, including exhibitions at Visual Leader, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, Four Arts Gallery, Waltham, MA and Artra Gallery New York, NY.
His work has been published in various publications including Private Magazine, Issue 38: Stories from the USA (2007), Lodown, Issue 51: Tales from the Underground (2006) and JPG Magazine, Issue 5: Photography is Not a Crime (2006).
In 2007 he was awarded the Gold Medal, for "Reportage Photography of the Year," by the Lead Academy in Germany.
Forty years ago, printmaker Raphael Fodde, a native of Sardinia, apprenticed to the Milanese master printmaker Giorgio Upiglio in Milan, a period during which he came to know and printed the works of Joan Miro, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp.
Fodde emigrated to the United States in 1982 where he founded the Pardes Rimonim Press, the first to publish deluxe editions of contemporary poetry and avant-grade literature in Hebrew for the art market. For a quarter century, Fodde lent his expertise to the publication of esoteric prints and portfolios by vanguard contemporary artists before closing the press in 2004.
In a recent interview for the blog at brooklynink.com, Fodde spoke of his wide-open approach to his own visual art, that he "never plans a stroke beforehand"... and never makes a mistake. "I start in the corner and just go," he said. "Making art is my peace, spirituality, mediation."