Rodney Graham and Vera Lutter

Rodney Graham and Vera Lutter: Time Traced

November 17, 1999 - June 18, 2000

<p>Vera Lutter, <i>Nabisco Factory</i>, Beacon, I: July 19-22, 1999, 1999.<br />
Silver gelatin print. 93 x 168 inches. Courtesy of the artist.</p>

Vera Lutter, Nabisco Factory, Beacon, I: July 19-22, 1999, 1999.
Silver gelatin print. 93 x 168 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

 
 
 

Like the camera obscura, the pinhole camera was an influential precursor to that most sophisticated of mechanical tools, the modern multilens camera. At a time when it, in turn, is being challenged by newer reproductive technologies, such rudimentary modes of image making are, paradoxically, proving unexpectedly vital. In their recent works, both Canadian artist Rodney Graham and German Vera Lutter draw on these pioneering techniques and historical models to construct vividly arresting representations.

 

Artist Biography

Born in 1949 in Masqui, British Columbia, Rodney Graham studied art history at the University of British Columbia from 1968 to 1971 and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver from 1978 to 1979. Beginning with a series of solo shows in the late 1980s, he has exhibited widely in North America and Europe, including in Documenta IX, 1992, and in the Biennale of Venice, 1993, where he represented Canada. His most recent museum exhibition was held at the Kunsthalle Vienna in summer 1999. Graham lives and works in Vancouver.

Vera Lutter was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 1960. After receiving a diploma in fine arts from the Munich Academy in 1990, she studied photography from 1993 to 1995 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she continues to live and work. In addition to several solo shows, Lutter has undertaken a number of commissions, most recently for Dia Center for the Arts in Beacon, New York, the site of its future museum. In summer 1999 she was the recipient of a grant from the Kulturstiftung Friedrichshafen where she photographed in a zeppelin factory.

 
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