The Benrubi Gallery is pleased to announce two new exhibitions, which will be running concurrently, Jeffrey Milstein's NY LA and Eric Cahan's Data Mining.
In the main gallery, Milstein, long known for his images of planes in flight photographed from directly below, reverses the perspective in the current images, offering views of New York and Los Angeles taken from an altitude of 1,000 - 2,000 feet. The distance is far enough that the geometry of the urban streetscape, invisible from the ground, emerges into surprising, often elegant patterns, as in the Masonic-inspired layout of the Park La Brea housing development in Los Angeles, yet close enough that the scenes retain a human feeling, whether it's the claustrophobia of tiny rectangular houses squeezed next to each other in virtually treeless grids. The images suggest that however chaotic or inscrutable modern life might appear, it is tied to age-old patterns that guide in ways we don't immediately perceive, but which nevertheless guide us through our daily routines.
In the project space, Eric Cahan's Data Mining takes its name from marketing research techniques that measure web users' browsing patterns when they view fine art content online. A museum-goer spends an average of thirty seconds in front of an individual work of art, whereas a browser on Instagram or Pinterest spends only eight. Images flow past the eye one after another, throwing into question long-held assumptions about the totemic nature of a work of art. Cahan mirrors this blurring process in his photographs, transforming solarized image of water through a combination of techniques both digital and traditional. The resulting images, luminescent yet opaque, are as seductive as carnival mirrors, yet ultimately reflect only the viewer's gaze. Though representational, there silver swirls and bursts of color and shadow are so abstracted that they challenge our notion of what a photograph actually communicates: a view of an object removed in time and space, or nothing but the viewer's assumptions about the image itself.
Jeffrey Milstein's photographs have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and Europe, including the Ulrich Museum of Art (2008), the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (2012). Noted British photographer and critic, Martin Parr included his photographs in his curated show New Typologies. He has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals, including New York Times, LA Times, Harper's, GQ, Esquire, Fortune, Time, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Wired. His work can be seen at LACMA in Los Angeles, CA, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, George Eastman House in Rochester, NY and the Akron Art Museum in Akron, OH.
Eric Cahan was born and raised in Manhattan. He studied at The University of Southern California and New York University, where he graduated from The Tisch School of the Arts' Film Program. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions throughout New York and is in major collections including Art in Embassies and BNY Mellon.
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Woodstock, NY-based Jeffrey Milstein was born in Los Angeles and received his BA in architecture from UC Berkeley IN 1968 before turning to photography. Milstein’s passion for flight led to his most famous series of images of aircraft taken just before they land, when the plane is perpendicular to the camera’s frame. Using archival pigment print and processing techniques that isolate the aircraft in the image, Milstein focuses on color and design to achieve maximum clarity in his images, which the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum mounted in a solo exhibition entitled AirCraft: The Jet as Art in 2011.
Milstein also reverses the focus in such series as Flying Over New York, Flying Over LA, and Flying Over Container Ports to create panoramic images of images that are by turns iconic and emblematic of the modern world, which his images of Cuba and India are more intimate, though equally as vibrant in their treatment of color and composition.
Milstein’s work has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals, including CNN Money, the Daily Mail, Elle Décor, Esquire, Fortune, Time, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Wired. His work can be seen at LACMA, the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC, the George Eastman House, and the Akron Art Museum.