Interview with photographer Chad Pitman

YOUNG BLOOD

04/06/2017

The color of blood is influenced by the amount of oxygen it possesses. The closer to the arteries, the brighter the red. The further it gets from those arteries, the darker the red. Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present “Young Blood” a group show featuring four young artists working within the tradition of color photography. These photographers are embracing traditional dark room techniques while pushing the boundaries of the digital color print. Each artist is using the medium to investigate the new directions of color photography with the vigor and the dedication of a scientist looking for a cure. Fahey/Klein Gallery is looking forward to the opportunity to invigorate these artists with the oxygen they need to help their color work shine brightly.

“My camera, here, is merely the form of documentation while the fruit starts to become the negative, holding time and light in its skin for us to see. Youth only lasts so long. Life sets in. We are shaped from the beginning. And while lemons are pretty to look at, they are also bitter to taste.”, Chad Pitman.

In Chad Pitman’s new body of work COLOR & FIGURES the still life genre is reconsidered through the serial capture of one of the medium’s most popular subjects: fruit. Unlike familiar still life, however, Pitman’s images are subject to time. Over the course of a year, the artist regularly photographed the same pieces of fruit as they decomposed against backgrounds of a complimentary hue. While clearly photographs, Pitman’s works are very much painterly in their composition and suggestive of a highly considered process in the overall congruence of the series. The deconstruction of the signifier (in this case the fruit) into something new entirely brings to light a new language. When seen together as a complete story, these images communicate the delicacy of a moment while also reconsidering standards of beauty. In Pitman’s photographs decomposition becomes appealing as it is seen mostly for its resulting color and form; the process documented is not a transition into an end but a transition into permanence as art.

Chad Pitman (b. 1981) attended the New England School of Photography in Boston. He has shown at Cash Machine in Los Angeles, CA and Slow Culture in Los Angeles, CA. He has published two art books entitled Valley Pines and Waves Asphalt Light.