Ivorypress / Madrid, Spain
SOLO EXHIBITION: On 30 May Ivorypress will present Lifeline, the first solo exhibition in Spain of American photographer Mariana Cook (New York, 1955), which will also be included in PHotoEspaña’s Festival Off. The exhibition features forty photographs selected from hundreds of images that Cook made between 1999 and 2015 as part of her Close at Hand series, for which she took one photograph every day of objects, forms and light abstractions that moved her. Cook works exclusively with a medium-format camera using black-and-white film and prints her photographs herself.
While Cook is best known for her portraiture, the work on view represents her quiet contemplation of matter and essence. Of the photographs considered for this exhibition most of them were made in the last ten days of the artist’s mother’s life. Strikingly, most of those images are also light abstractions. Cook explains, ‘Light is what inspires me to make photographs and that is what I live for. Light represents life’. Holding Hands is the only figurative image included in this exhibition; it was the last time the artist held hands with her mother.
In conjunction with this exhibition Ivorypress has published Lifeline, a volume containing all the works presented in the exhibition with an introduction by the world-renowned poet Jorie Graham.
30 May - July 29 2017
Video of Opening: https://vimeo.com/220285353