Motion Captured

April 18, 2008

Two SVA alumni have new exhibitions that feature different approaches to ideas of motion in photography. First, Matthew Pillsbury (MFA 2004 Photography, Video and Related Media) has “Elapsed” at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 13th floor, through Saturday, May 31. The exhibition collects Pillsbury’s black-and-white photographs, all of which are taken with long exposures and use only natural light sources. The resulting images have streaks of light and ghostly elements of people moving through the still frames.

A more literal kind of motion is on display in “Hot Seat: Portraits of Fabulous Female Pedicab Drivers,” an exhibition of photographs by Melissa von Ludwig (BFA 2002 Photography). These photos feature female pedicab drivers in glamorous settings with their bike-powered cabs. The show, which is at Hub Station, 73 Morton Street, is part of von Ludwig’s ongoing Pedicab Project, which has also spawned a wall calendar and Web site, “Hot Seat” runs April 24 – May 14, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 24, 6 – 10pm.

Image: Matthew Pillsbury, Arteries, Nerves and Veins, Royal College of Surgeons, London, 2007; courtesy of the artist and the Bonni Benrubi Gallery.

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