from the Aperture event webpage:
“The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
The Hammer Museum and Aperture Foundation present The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, a panel discussion moderated by author and curator Lyle Rexer; participating artists include Walead Beshty and Susan Rankaitis.
From the beginning, abstraction has been intrinsic to photography, and its persistent popularity reveals much about the medium. The exhibition (currently on view at Aperture Gallery) The Edge of Vision showcases the work of nineteen contemporary photographers who base their practice in some form of abstraction. Rexer defines abstraction as “a departure from or the eliding of an immediately apprehensible subject.” Within this broad definition, a host of approaches explore aspects of the photographic experience, including the chemistry of traditional photography, the mediation of lenses, the direct capture of light without a camera, temporal extensions, digital sampling of found images, radical cropping, and various deliberate destabilizations of photographic reference.
The Edge of Vision is accompanied by a new book, The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography, by Lyle Rexer (Aperture, May 2009). Illustrated with more than 150 images, this is the first book in English to document the trajectory of this artistic approach and put it into historical context, while also examining the diverse methodologies thriving within contemporary photography. The book covers the impulse towards abstraction from the early days of the medium through the present day.
The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography is made possible, in part, by the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, the Dedalus Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the W. P. Carey Foundation. Additional support is provided by Carey C. Shuart and the Mondriaan Foundation.”