PUBLISHER
Damiani

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 13 x 10 in. / 112 pgs / 45 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Out of print

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D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: SPRING 2011 p. 92   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9788862081610 TRADE
List Price: $50.00 CDN $67.50

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James Welling: Glass House

Introduction by Noam Elcott. Text by Sylvia Lavin.

James Welling: Glass HouseOver the course of three years, from 2006 to 2009, James Welling (born 1951) photographed the Glass House, the architectural landmark estate that Philip Johnson built in New Canaan, Connecticut, in 1949. Welling's photos offer a decided departure from the familiar views of the house and grounds: using digital cameras set on a tripod and holding a variety of filters in front of the lens, he created tinted veils and distortions that transformed the image at the moment of exposure, endowing it with powerful swells of glowing color. As Welling described it in an interview with Artforum, the use of filters enabled his project to become "a laboratory for ideas about transparency, reflectivity and color." The 45 images presented here, which invite the viewer to draw associations between the camera's lens and the glass surfaces of the house itself, oscillate before our very eyes between photographic abstraction--a recurrent preoccupation for Welling--and depictions of architecture. With this body of work, Welling has located a wholly new approach to, and blend of, both genres.

Featured image is reproduced from James Welling: Glass House.

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FROM THE BOOK
SYLVIA LAVIN: If the first obvious question to ask of this body of work is why the Glass House, then the second obvious question is why color?
JAMES WELLING: As an artist, I always take the particular skills Iíve developed for the previous project into the next one. When I went to Farnsworth, I was thinking about color from a previous project, Hexachromes (2005). I was very interested in making visible trichromaticity, in demonstrating how we see with red, green, and blue receptors in our eyes. I teach a seminar on color, and I like to emphasize this foundational idea of trichromatic vision. And itís an intense problem in photography. Very few people make work about it, because itís built into the nature of the photographic emulsion and itís nearly impossible to separate it out. So I was working on how to do something where I would see trichromatic filtering in both human vision, and in photographic practice. I made a group of color photographs using multiple exposures as shadows moved across succulent plants to create brilliant color. When I got to the Glass House, it was a spectacular October day, but there was no air movement to give me the moving shadows I used in Hexachromes. I quickly rethought the project and decided to put the multiple colored filters in front of the lens, not sequentially as before, but overlapping.

James Welling, in conversation with Sylvia Lavin, excerpted from Glass House.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

JAMES LUCAS | DATE 3/1/2011

Glass House: James Welling Signing at David Zwirner Gallery, February 26, 2011

James Welling at David Zwirner Gallery

On Sunday, February 26, David Zwirner Gallery hosted photographer James Welling signing copies of his new book, Glass House, which collects 45 photographs made over the course of three yearsófrom 2006 to 2009óof architect Philip Johnson's 1949 New Canaan, Connecticut, masterwork, the Glass House. Working with a digital camera, tripod and numerous colored lens filters, Welling created tinted veils and distortions that transformed his images at the moment of exposure; the resulting photographs seem to oscillate between crisp architectural detail and the abstracting effects of filtered color. According to a recent piece by Welling in Artforum, the Glass House project was "a laboratory for ideas about transparency, reflectivity and color." continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/18/2011

James Welling in Conversation with Sylvia Lavin

James Welling: Glass House

The following interview is reproduced from Damiani's stunning new monograph, James Welling: Glass House, which launches Thursday, January 20th at the Hammer museum as part of the UCLA Department of Art Lecture Series. To view event details, please visit the museum's Events page. continue to blog


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