Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Rachel Granofsky
Brooklyn, NY NY US
Updated: 2017-01-19 02:19:15


I reshape ordinary environments for the fixed point of view of the camera lens to circumvent a perceptual routine. Using trompe l’oeil techniques, I paint directly onto the surfaces of familiar objects and their surroundings to blur distinctions between foreground and background, paralleling the flatness of the final print. Upon close inspection, brush strokes, taped seams and wobbly edges reveal themselves in detailed focus, exposing the tactile process that goes into making the image. Resisting the perfection of digital manipulation, every discontinuity, error and flaw magnifies the precarious construction of pictorial space. frtgh

Like a play within a play, each photograph references its own structure, parodying the inherent doubling of photography to expose the subtle deceptions that are intrinsic to the medium. The shallow surface of the print and fragmentation of a single frame are overstated to emphasize the boundaries of their encapsulation, while alluding to that which is excluded. In exploration of what is omitted, presence is depicted as a ghostly impression, escaping total capture.

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