The evening(side) shines in Turin with Gregory Crewdson
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Still few days to visit the “Gregory Crewdson. Eveningside” in Turin. The solo show is the first major fall exhibition at the Gallerie d’Italia, the charming museum in the wonderful piazza San Carlo
The exhibition is a survey of that trilogy, curated by Jean-Charles Vergne, beginning with Cathedral of the Pines (2012-2014) and An Eclipse of Moths (2018-2019,) as well as Crewdson’s earlier minimalist Fireflies (1996) pictures. Additionally, Making Eveningside, a behind the scenes video projection set to original music by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Stuart Bogie, the American multi-instrumentalist-composer will be on view in a state-of-the-art multimedia room within the museum.
In contrast to the slightly haunted, lonely, and remote forests of Cathedral of the Pines, and the vast, bleak, post-industrial landscapes in An Eclipse of Moths, in Eveningside, Crewdson explores moments of contemplation within the confines of daily life, in workplaces and in off-duty moments just outside of those work structures. The figures populating the pictures are sparse, and are often seen through storefront windows, in mirror reflections, or positioned underneath the mundane proscenium found in the midst of their everyday routines: railroad bridges, doorways, porches, the overhanging roofline of a bank teller drive-thru, a dairy bar, a corner market, or a hardware store.
Bringing his vantage point closer to the figures, using a heightened range of light and darkness, special effects such as fog, rain, smoke, and haze, and for the first time using his now ubiquitous full production and lighting team in a monochromatic palette, the result is a rich gothic atmosphere, evocative of film noir and classic cinema, but with the capabilities and clarity of the most current technology available in digital photography. Eveningside comprises 20 digital pigment prints, 87.6 x 116.8 cm. (34.5 x 46 in.)
All three series in the trilogy represent essential stages in Crewdson’s artistic journey and creative evolution over the past decade, themes ranging from the deeply intimate and personal, to existential and vast expansive views of the world, and reflection on his deep respect and admiration for the history of photography, painting, cinema, and other mediums, all reinvented to tell his own stories. The Fireflies pictures give both connective tissue and counterpoint in their simplicity. Crewdson shot them in isolation during 1996, using two cameras on analog black and white film.
The Gallerie d’Italia in Turin are located in the wonderful piazza San Carlo, a very nice place to walk in and sit for delicious cioccolata in tazza or other Turinese delicatessen.