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David Bartlett: Striving for Transcendence

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of David Bartlett in Chelsea International Photography Competition . The exhibition opens January 27, 2019 and runs through February 7,  2019 with an opening reception on Thursday, February 1 from 6-8 pm.

David Bartlett photographs the bleak interiors of Eastern State Penitentiary, a notorious, defunct prison compound in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He captures the crumbling decay of the façade, revealing traces of the memories inscribed in the dilapidated spaces.

Bartlett’s empathetic photographs reveal the elemental physicality of his chosen emotionally charged interiors. Skylights let in mocking rays of sun that illuminate the space with supernatural shafts of light, and furniture remnants litter the apocalyptic scenes. Ultimately, Bartlett invites reflection upon the discomforting limitations of the human condition and our innate striving for transcendence.

Featured Artists:

Andres Marcolla | Eduard Korniyenko | David Bartlett | Misha De-Stroyev | Alain Licari |  Niki Polyocan | Steve Sumpton | Loïc Vendrame | ANTONIO PRIVITERA | Anca Moanta | Jeremy Damato | Gustavo Mittelmann | Eli Matityahu | Vincent Chahley | Artur Golacki | SIDNEY COSTA GASPAR | HaleLee Seoyeon | Laura Pannack | Steffen Tuck | Cecilia Manzanares Vargas | Stephanus Meyer | Michela Carmazzi | Alina Fedorenko | Ivan Pushkin | Jacob Wallwork | Kévin Galop | Clay Jordan |Tibor Kércz

About the Exhibition

The Chelsea International Photography Competition

The Chelsea International Photography Competition exhibition features the diverse works of 28 professional and amateur photographers. The works on view were selected by a distinguished panel of jurors and convey the astonishing breadth and global nature of the photographic medium. Through expressive portraits, still lifes, and conceptual works, the exhibition conveys a unique perspective on the tradition of photography and how the medium conveys ideas, creates fictions, or captures attitudes.


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