Abelardo Morell’s current New York exhibitions — “The Universe Next Door” at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and “Groundwork” at Bonni Benrubi Gallery — reinvent conventional photographic landscapes. Using the age-old practice of camera obscura, Morell (b. 1948) casts outside scenes onto interior walls; other times, he sets up a tent, projecting his nearby surroundings onto surfaces ranging from a Brooklyn rooftop to a dried-up plot of Texas desert. Each space is transformed into a pinhole installation activated by daylight, which the artist then documents with his camera. Morell’s photographs bring the outside in and reflect on the materiality of both manmade and natural worlds.
“The Universe Next Door” is on view at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery through this Saturday, December 18, 2010.
“Abelardo Morell: Groundwork” is on view at Bonni Benrubi Gallery through January 8, 2011