Today we took a field trip to visit some small galleries in Chelsea. Our first stop was to the Aperture Foundation space, which immediately impressed all of us from the second we walked in – Andy Warhol’s name had been carved into the wall, it used to be his studio space – and it didn’t stop there. The exhibit on display currently is Aperture’s second ‘Summer Open’, which offers exposure to up and coming photographers who submit their work. The theme that it all tied around was based off of a TV show called Black Mirror, which is sort of like a modern ‘Twilight Zone.’
It was very interesting to see the work of current and relevant creative minds and how they all tied together. While they all worked with the theme, each piece was very different.
Before this trip I hadn’t actually heard of Aperture and the amazing work they do. I learned that a huge goal of the magazine and studio’s is to prove that photography falls into the same category as any other fine art craft. That it takes skill and imagination and should be respected. Aperture aims to discover and display what is happening, currently, in the world of photography, and to educate.
I was very impressed and pleased with the work that Aperture does and I am very grateful that I was given an opportunity to learn about it, as I’m sure the rest of the class is!
For more info about the exhibit or Aperture, you can check out their website: http://www.aperture.org/exhibition/aperture-summer-open-exhibition/