Denizens of the West Coast art scene in the United States will no doubt be familiar with Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Established in 1979, the gallery has cemented an impressive reputation for its high quality photography exhibitions and their beautiful, open spaces. This summer, there will be two exhibitions held simultaneously at Fraenkel: the first being Where There’s Smoke, a group show that gathers the work of , , and ; and the second being Who Do You Love, which features the work of .
Aficionados of conceptual photography will know Gossage from his work The Pond, which emphasises his unique and unorthodox visual language. His new show presents twelve works that he calls “photographic distractions” – each image is unobscured but functions in tandem with collage-like elements and handmade marks, obliterating the divide between the photographic surface and reality. In a similar vein, the other four artists play on the following question: "what makes a photograph?" Van Beek and Fulford in particular encourage an intensity of viewing with their painterly images, which defy photographic conventions relating to composition, reflection and shadow.
Both shows will run until 23 August.
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Images courtesy of the artists and the gallery.