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Car Crash Studies (detail) by Nicolai Howalt, Chelsea Art Galleries Openings / 20090910.10D.53391 / SML

Not mine. I was just photographing Nicolai Howalt's gigantic print at the Silverstein Gallery. It's also not the complete frame of his work because I was shooting with my 24-70 f2.8L and it's not wide enough.


In any case, it's obvious that I dig these studies!


Bruce Silverstein presents Car Crash Studies, a thought provoking photographic study of cars that have been involved in severe and potentially fatal accidents. The series moves between documentation and abstraction. While the car crash studies are typographical in nature, seeming in some instances to be closer to sterile accident report photographs, the subject matter most obviously begs the viewer to confront the human fear of trauma and death.


Although Car Crash Studies is specifically based on cars that have been involved in accidents, Howalt's works rather attempt to portray an abstract, mental state, namely the duality we feel in relation to accidents or catastrophes when experienced from a distance - as spectators. The exhibition at Bruce Silverstein Gallery thus approaches classical themes, but in contemporary interpretation.

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Taken on September 10, 2009