Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place

American photographer Gregory Crewdson is famous for his large-scale, staged, directed photographs that offer a surreal view of middle America. Gregory Crewdson is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York, and White Cube, London.

Art Exhibition previously on at IMA - Institute of Modern Art in Fortitude Valley precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 16 March 2013 to Saturday 25 May 2013

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Published by Institute of Modern Art on Tuesday 19 February 2013.
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He says: ‘In all my pictures what I am ultimately interested in is that moment of transcendence, where one is transported into another place, into a perfect, still world.’ Crewdson is preoccupied with human alienation, his work has been compared to the melancholic paintings of Edward Hopper and the American-gothic films of David Lynch. The show features three series, Fireflies, Beneath the Roses, and Sanctuary.

Photographed at his family’s cabin in the woods, Fireflies reveals the mesmerising, miraculous traceries of insects, as they illuminate Summer evenings.

The large colour photographs in Beneath the Roses show Crewdson at his most iconic, majestic, and cinematic. They were shot like films, with a process involving actors, sets, lighting, and an army of assistants. They present scenes of homes, streets, and woods, from unidentified small American towns, and suggest emotionally charged moments, where ordinary people are caught in ambiguous, often disquieting situations—the American dream has turned into a nightmare. Epic in scale but intimate in scope, these visually breathtaking images straddle cinema, painting, and photography, fantasy and reality.

In Sanctuary, Crewdson tells a story of abandonment and neglect. The photos document a ruin—the decaying sets at Cinecitta film studios in Rome. The studios’ haunted atmosphere becomes subject and protagonist. These desolate images refer back to Crewdson’s process, with its debt to cinema.

Curated by Estelle Af Malmborg, Jens Erdman Rasmussen, and Felix Hoffmann. A joint project by Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Photography (for the Melbourne Festival) and Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art. Gregory Crewdson is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York, and White Cube, London.