James Reeve at Hagedorn Foundation

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery and Kristen V. Cahill present the only U.S. exhibition of a unique collaboration by English photographer James Reeve and fashion designer Dries Van Noten. The exhibition will feature 14 of Reeve’s large-scale nightscape photographs and several pieces from Van Noten’s Spring-Summer 2012 Collection, which were inspired by the artist’s Lightscapes series. While traveling to Vienna, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris, this collaborative exhibition has garnered favorable reviews in The New York Times, Interview and LuxuryCulture.

Reeve’s “light after dark” photographs — shot in Marseilles, London, Beirut, Las Vegas and other international cities — remove the physical form of the urban landscape, leaving just the artificial lighting of architecture and infrastructure. Each city is stripped of any cultural or geographical identity and the resulting works offer suggestive, often near abstract images of individual buildings and cities as glittering jewel-like images, similar to strings of Christmas lights.

Both Van Noten and Reeve consider the work quite voyeuristic. The designer likes “the mystery, the lights at night, the moment of wonder, where you’re questioning what’s happening on the other side of the windows.” Reeve sees them as “1,000 small colorful television screens all lined up in rows on the hillside.”

Reeve’s photography has received The Portrait Prize from The National Portrait Gallery, Professional Travel Photographer of the Year, Nikon and The Observer and The Fifty Crows Foundation Grant. He has exhibited at the Villa Noailles, Hyeres Melon Rouge Photo Festival and the National Portrait Gallery, London. This is his first US show. His images range from reportage to portraiture and contemporary documentary projects.

The fashion world is not his usual stomping ground. “The first time I saw the finished pieces was at the show in Paris (last September) and it was great seeing them all glide past me on the catwalk,” says Reeve, “I really like how Dries has treated the garments almost as canvases for the images, showing them in a very clear and uncompromised way.” I’m used to seeing my work as two dimensional, It was inspiring to see Dries translate it into dynamic forms – the way the ruffle skirts seem to almost play with the lights as they move, the colored crystals that he sewed into the windows of La Rouviere, I thought that was a really beautiful idea.”

Artist Reception, Feb. 23, 6-8:30 p.m.
Artist Talk, Feb. 25, 1-2 p.m.

Through March 31.

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
The Galleries of Peachtree Hills
425 Peachtree Hills Ave, No. 25
Atlanta, GA 30319

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