David Armstrong

City Light


January 12 - February 16, 2002
523 W 24 Street
Opening Friday, January 11, 2002


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce, David Armstrong: City Light, the next exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street.

This exhibition will consist of 24 new color photographs made in New York City during the past two and a half years. All of the works - portraits, street scenes and hotel room interiors – are cibachrome prints ranging in scale from 30 x 20 inches to 70 x 50 inches.

The subjects of the portraits are young men the artist has met in the Times Square area and then photographed in various nearby hotel rooms. There is a tension inherent in these fleeting encounters and the formality of the sitting in which Armstrong uses a large format camera. The quiet stillness of many of these images, in which the typical fast pace of the urban experience has been tremendously slowed, is in marked contrast to the local night-time street scenes also included in the exhibition. These are shot with a soft focus and emphasize the artificial light and movement of Manhattan at night. In combination with the interior scenes, they form a sort of backdrop for the direct, sharply focused portraits.

David Armstrong was included last year in the exhibition, Photography in Boston: 1955-1985, at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. This is his fourth exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery.

In Spring 2002, Scalo will publish a book of Armstrong's color landscapes and interiors.

A reception will be held on January 11th from 6-8 P.M. at 523 West 24th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). The exhibition will remain on view until February 16th. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 to 6:00 P.M. For further information or photographs, please contact Matthew Israel at (212) 243-0200.

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