3S Artspace Presents: Street Scene, at the Gallery at 3S Artspace - Press ReleaseJune 13, 2018
PORTSMOUTH, N.H., June 13, 2018 — 3S Artspace announces the upcoming exhibit at the Gallery at 3S Artspace: Street Scene, featuring the work of Jon Horvath and Hans Gindlesberger. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held Friday, July 27 from 5-8pm and is free and open to the public. Street Scene will be on exhibit through August 26.
Street Scene is a re-photographic project that joins iconic images and locations to virtual landscapes. Using the Internet and immersive travel simulators like Google Street View and Bing Streetside, Street Scene stitches together composite imagery that offers varied perceptions of places we may have experienced in person or experienced by proxy of an electronic image.
“The review committee at 3S felt a strong connection to this work and to the idea of iconic images, road trips, and personal transformation during travel. Its photography is shown in a way that is both familiar and new. We hope the slightly extended exhibition time frame allows for locals and visitors to Portsmouth alike to spend time with the exhibit during this season of travel and exploration,” said Beth Falconer, Executive Director of 3S Artspace.
Exhibiting artists Jon Horvath and Hans Gindlesberger, both having extensive photographic backgrounds, began to collaborate on the works in Street Scene despite the geographical separation between them-- Hans being in Virginia and Jon being in Milwaukee at the time of inception-- allowing distance to become incorporated as a theme within the exhibit. They share interest in place, travel, psychology, and cinema and grew up at the same time living through the same pop culture touchstones.
“Early on, we began with a checklist of films like the Top 100 Movies ranked on IMDB, and tried to work that way, but the process became loose by the nature of collaborating and pretty liberal in terms of mashing up both high and low culture in film and photo,” said Hans. “We spent a year iterating before exhibiting the first time.”
To further the dialogue between the camera’s witnessing of the physical landscape and the
mediated experience of its virtual equivalent, the images of Street Scene are written back into by glitching them with information gathered while researching the locations of the photographs. Navigating the Internet to find these locations is an exercise in traversing a hyperlinked set of stories, dead ends, data sets, news accounts, and testimonies.
“We chose images for an affinity to them, which didn’t necessarily translate to it being a known location and there isn’t one go-to site for tracking down information. Films are easier since there is a lot of sharing of info going on in forums,” Hans said.
Before starting the project, neither artist had ever physically been to any of the sites which is another theme found within the exhibit: exploration of the definition of an authentic experience.
Hans described his first in-real-life encounter after the Street Scene project was underway, “I was working on a grant in Brooklyn, walking down the street and not paying too much attention. My head snapped back as I somehow recognized the now paved over site of the Talman Street image by Berenice Abbott. It was the distinct feeling of knowing I’d been there before but not physically. That moment really represents this project.”
Signposts are presented below the images in the exhibit in an arrangement producing a dialogue between the physical world and the datastream, past and present, banality and spectacle, filmic narratives and anonymous landscapes, amongst many other unanticipated relations. Of these unanticipated relations are those found on the piece based on the photograph “Painter” of August Sander by Anton Radersheidt (Germany).
“When picking source material and with the eventual coming together of information, serendipitous things happen with memory, time, and the activity of travel,” Hans said. “The past and present connect with a ghosted image of the figure from the “Painter” photo present in the right side of the Street Scene composite.”
That present day photo is sparse due to privacy concerns of a homeowner in the vicinity who opted out, and revealing about the politics of Google Street View itself.
“And yet the figure from the past still showed up and superimposed in a ghostly way filling that space,” Hans said.
Street Scene converges stacks of story layers into one singular image telling a new story, descriptive of the way we live our lives now, reflected in multiple ways, whether it be in the real world or virtual realm or both.
Street Scene Exhibition Dates: July 27 - August 26Street Scene Opening Artists Reception: Friday, July 27 from 5-8pmContact:Beth Falconer, Executive Director(603) 766-3330