Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eric Ogden-A Half Remembered Season-Photographs @ hous projects 3/18/09

Eric Ogden- In Bed, 2010 22 x 30
Eric Ogden -Sleepwalker, 2005 30 x 40

This will be the one great photography opening event to start the AIPAD 2010 Fair weekend festivities. This is Eric Odgen first solo show after his debut @ VERSUS where his works got a lot of recognition and praise. I had seen already some of the works from the show which will have great quality of theme range and beauty.

Do not miss this one!

See you March 18, 2010!

hous projects announces a solo exhibition at the New York gallery of Eric Ogden’s a half-remembered season. A reception to celebrate the artist will be held at the gallery from 6 to 10 pm, Thursday, March 18, 2010. The exhibition will be traveling to the Los Angeles location in the summer of 2010 and dates are to be announced.

Still memory drips, a pipe in the cellar-dark.
- Robert Penn Warren

Eric Ogden chases mythical visions of his childhood in his photography by recreating situations infused with the unruly emotions he associated with the mysteries of everyday objects, such as toys, vacant lots and overgrown houses. Growing up in a working class Flint, Michigan neighborhood, he was ever curious and intrigued not only by his surroundings, but also by the people he encountered. Individuals moved through his young life that he found both terrible and wondrous, like those in the old horror films he indulged in watching. It was the power of suggestion that motivated him. All of those things that as a child you find surreal and are neither able to define, process nor digest, were burned into Ogden’s mind and are translated through his work. As one crosses the threshold to adulthood, these things and places that permeated one's youth become suffused with nostalgia. Fact increasingly blends with fiction, memories and mysteries turn in on themselves and you question: is the truth what events you can recall? Or is the truth feelings you have about something even if it never happened?

Eric Ogden- Recurring Dream, 2007 30 x 40

Like his surroundings, the people in his life were crucially influential on Ogden’s photography. His grandfather was a poet and fed his imagination through a mutual correspondence that unraveled his visual ideas into literary terms. These urges and sensibilities also heightened his work in film before he moved into photography and are very apparent in his cinematic compositions.

Eric Ogden- Boy in Swing, 2006 20 x 24

Ogden describes his photographs as “populated with characters that seem haunted by the weight of the past, images that evoke the strangeness of the everyday, and the mystery of objects and landscapes that seem to hold their secrets and allude to stories never quite explained.”

Eric Ogden-At the Table, 2006 20 x 24

Characters move amid compositions veiled in darkness with glowing highlights of warmth that infuse the
sense of place. Reality blends with fiction and gives the impression you could step right into the frame and watch the story unfold.Moreover, the emotional quality in the play of light and shadow is as much about what you are shown as what you are not. Visions of Graham Greene’s The Destuctors are conjured as you move through the images and meet characters both eerie and innocent.These sentiments thread through Ogden’s photography as glimpses not only into his character’s lives, but also his personal intrigue for psychology and perception.

Eric Ogden lives and works in New York City. His photographic work has been featured in solo exhibitions with Saatchi & Saatchi as well as hous projects and group exhibitions at Stephen Weiss Studio, Edison Place Gallery, Wexler Gallery, Alan Koppel Gallery, Regional Arts Commission,Chronicle Books, ACE Gallery, and Holden Luntz Gallery. Critical attention has been paid to Ogden’s work by Photo District News, American Photo, The Flint Journal and in American Character: A Photographic Journey published by Chronicle Books. Ogden’s assignment images have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire, The New Yorker, W, Rolling Stone, and Interview among others.

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