Angelo (Pál Funk)
Fred R. Archer
Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present Fabricated Realities, a group exhibition of experimental photographs of constructions and collages drawn from the gallery’s extensive inventory of experimental work. Photography has often been thought of as a medium based in reality, but for many artists throughout the history of the medium, it has been a tool for exploring alternative worlds. Fabricated Realities presents a historic and geographic range of artists— from the Czech and Hungarian avant-gardists of the 1920s through the conceptual work of American photographer Kenneth Josephson during the 1960s and 70s—drawing together a diverse collection of work that experimentally challenges the bounds of reality.
Dating from early experiments of the avant-garde, the work in Fabricated Realities reflects the styles and concerns of the Constructivists, Subjektive Fotografie, and Surrealists, among other groups. Represented techniques and compositional approaches include photograms, photomontage, experiments with light, distortion, and collage. From František Drtikol’s experiments with cut-outs, Florence Henri’s photomontages, and Philippe Halsman’s surrealist portraits, these images construct alternate versions of reality. Subtly or with exaggerated theatricality, using images both rooted in reality and entirely otherworldly, these constructed photographs suggest alternative ways of seeing.