New York

Abelardo Morell

Bonni Benrubi Gallery

This show of Abelardo Morell’s large black and white photographs drew from three different series: pictures of photographic apparatuses and simple optical phenomena, rooms transformed into camera obscuras, and manipulated closeups of pictures in art books. In all three groups of work, photographic realism is turned inside out, lifting the veil on the mystery of appearances.

Morell’s informally formal pictures of photographic apparatuses portray the ghost in the machine as a charming eccentric. In My Camera and Me, 1991, the artist wryly contemplates his hanged-man image in the ground glass. Morell’s techniques have a similar, disarming simplicity. In the camera obscura pictures, ordinary rooms (mostly in Morell’s house) are transformed into cameras by covering the windows with black plastic. Through a tiny hole in the covering, the image outside enters and is projected upside down and

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