Seasonal opening: Thursday, 31 August, 18-21h at Bildhalle Zürich.
The artists are present.
Artist talk 19h.
“Art is something which lies in the slender margin between the real and the unreal.” Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Japanese playwright
Anna Cabrera and Angel Albarrán are photo-chemists working in the darkroom: as inven-ors of new printing techniques and with the help of experimental processes, they are constantly expanding their “photographic syntax”: photography serves them as a tool to explore the concepts of identity, memory and time and the subtleties of consciousness to understand reality better.
The works on display span the last 10 years of their creative work: from gelatin silver and platinum palladium prints to their famous luminous color landscapes on Japanese Gampi paper and gold leaf. Also on view are their most recent works: complex carbon prints and prismatic abstractions of polarized light.
The exhibition testifies to the investigative power of the artist duo, both technically and in terms of content. After all, it is also the choice of print technique that tells the story of a picture to the end: Whether pigment, silver, carbon, cyanotype or platinum – the artists choose for each work from a wide range of processes and materials that give the print a special touch and for the technique typical texture and color quality.
In their own words: “At first we photographed with the simple intention of recording what we saw. But soon our interest shifted from capturing the superficial appearance of reality to investigating its ‘underlying structure’. Thus, photography has in this way become the perfect philosophical tool with which to understand the world and our images are the by-product of that investigation, the notebooks of our research.”
Albarrán Cabrera`s works fascinate art and photography collectors worldwide: they are highly aesthetic, full of philosophical and art-historical references and, moreover, of tactile and sensual quality. After almost 8 years of representation of the artist duo, we are plea-sed to present a second comprehensive solo exhibition in Zurich.