Gerrard Albanese

Traver Gallery | Seattle

Gerard Albanese’s tight, expressionistic, black and white photoessays investigate the relationship between the urban environment and the people who move through it. In an exhibition last year, Albanese showed photographs of lone pedestrians seemingly driven along by an invisible force. The subjects—with heads bent forward, eyes downcast, and attention bent on some unknown destination—look as though they are on the verge of moving into or emerging out of shadow. The high contrast between harsh white light and deep shadows, and the formal instability of these pictures looks analogous to the way the towering monolith of the city reduces individuals to animated mechanisms, driven by instinctual reflexes.

The new photographs are less stunning visually than the artist’s earlier work, but psychologically a good deal more insightful. They take on meaning cumulatively from parallels and leitmotifs

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