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Press Release

New Work

September 4 through October 11, 2008
Reception for the Artist, Thursday, September 4, 7 - 9 p.m.

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present the work of renowned photographer Melvin Sokolsky. The exhibition will feature popular as well as never before seen Sokolsky Fashion images. The exhibition is a culmination of Melvin's comprehensive body of work, featuring popular and never before seen images of Fashion photography from the 1960s to the present. It will include both color and black-and-white photographs as large-scale prints.

Melvin Sokolsky photographs are deeply imaginative and challenge the aesthetic conventions of the advertising and editorial worlds. Reflecting the artist's fascination of Surrealist Art, Sokolsky's photographs explore and play with spatial relationships, scale, proportion, visual rationality, and the laws of physics. By using oversized furniture, upside down rooms, dreamscape scenarios, and other defamiliarizing visual interplays, Sokolsky defines a fashion aesthetic that continually creates commercial images that illustrate more than just the clothes they purport to feature. Regardless of context, Sokolsky's work always pops and provokes: "Really, I'm only interested in photography as a tool for exploring and visualizing psychological and emotional conditions" (Melvin Sokolsky).

At the age of twenty-one Melvin Sokolsky joined the staff of Harper's Bazaar. He has since been honored with twenty-five Clio Awards and a Directors Guild nomination. His work is included in numerous private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Melvin Sokolsky currently lives in Los Angeles.

We are pleased to announce the availability of a limited edition Melvin Sokolsky publication entitled, Archive. The first 150 copies of this limited edition book will be available with an original signed print. A prototype of this book will be available to view at the gallery. We will begin taking orders for Archive the evening of our opening reception.