Carlo Van de Roer, The Portrait Machine
Carlo Van de Roer, The Portrait Machine Project
16 Apr - 14 May 2011
Artist’s Opening Reception : Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 6 to 8 pm
M+B is pleased to announce The Portrait Machine Project, an exhibition of new color photographs by New Zealand photographer Carlo Van de Roer. Van de Roer’s images combine lush romanticism with striking intimacy, creating an immersive visual experience that dazzles the eye with its attempt to capture the unseen.
The images in The Portrait Machine Project function as robust examples of the way photographs represent not only visual moments, but also the complex and ongoing relationship between artist, camera and subject always at play in portraiture. Created using a Polaroid aura camera developed in the 1970s, Van de Roer’s photographs of friends and personalities of public note—including artists Miranda July, Aurel Schmidt and Terence Koh, as well as author James Frey—draw on traditions of portraiture and spirit photography as they examine classic photographic interests. Designed to capture a subject’s aura in the same manner as a psychic might perceive it, the camera translates biofeedback into near-fluorescent colors that engulf the subject in the resulting Polaroid, as well as a computerized print-out analysis which interprets the subject’s potential, present emotional state and future possibilities.
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