Frieze viewing: Friday, 15 October 6 - 10pm
The building stands poised on a weighty cusp, rocking this way and that between an uncertain past and a certain future, flickering from the transcendent to the immanent. Because for over two decades now the Power Station has been impotent-an oxymoron made of a million bricks-it says more to us about how we are than what we have been.
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Vera Lutter's monumental camera obscura photographs. The exhibition features the highly anticipated Battersea Power Station project as well as significant projects completed over the past eight years. Lutter is drawn to industrial environments with historic or iconic resonance, including the abandoned Erie Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn and Pepsi Cola Factory in Long Island City, New York.
Battersea Power Station, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, is a remarkable relic of the Industrial Age, having provided London with electricity for nearly 50 years until its closure in 1982. Since then, this historical landmark has stood dormant for over two decades, until now, as construction is currently underway to redevelop the site into an entertainment and leisure destination. Fascinated by the future duality of the Power Station, Lutter has selected the site, a remnant of the past, before its impending transformation.
Using room-sized structures, Lutter often inhabits the camera during the long exposures, which can last hours, days or even weeks. The camera obscura works with the premise that when light passes through a small hole into a darkened chamber it produces an inverted image on the opposite wall and projects Lutter's inverted subjects onto photographic paper, allowing each photograph to be developed as a unique negative. The ethereal images that result from this process allow an extraordinary interpretation of the industrial landscape for the viewer.
Vera Lutter's photographs have been exhibited at the Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; the Kunsthalle, Basel; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among other locations here and abroad.
Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera
During a two-year residency at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, from 2017 to 2019, Vera Lutter documented the museum’s changing campus and permanent collection, using her distinctive photographic technique. Here, she speaks about the experience with the museum’s director, Michael Govan.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2020
The Spring 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #412 (2003) on its cover.
Vera Lutter speaks with Gagosian’s Derek Blasberg about her Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibition, using a shipping container as a camera, and her place in photography as we enter a digital age.
Vera Lutter: On New York
Vera Lutter sat down with Marvin Heiferman, an independent curator and expert in photography, to discuss her latest New York exhibition.