1. Charlotte Cotton Curates Aperture Summer Open 2016: Photography Is Magic, Featuring Jesse Chehak

    This week sees the opening of Photography is Magic, the 2016 edition of Aperture annual Summer Open Exhibition taking place at the Aperture Foundation in New York City. The exhibition was curated by Charlotte Cotton and features, among others, the work of photographer Jesse Chehak.

    Charlotte Cotton explains: ‘Aperture’s 2016 Summer Open was a call for contributions to the idea of photography as a magical form. This optimistic premise attracted a diverse scope of magical contemporary approaches—from pictures found in the happenstance of everyday life to elaborate stagings of studio or desktop experiments. The photographic practices represented in the final selection for this year’s Summer Open are rich with vitality and deep curiosity for the magical medium of photography. They share a fascination with and substantial knowledge of the historical roots and the contemporary state of photography. These artists actively play with the medium’s heritage—re-animating and re-contextualizing its alchemical properties—to render ideas about its contemporary material value. They are astutely aware of the viewers’ perceptions and trains of thought, grounded in our shared context of an ever-expanding image world. They invite us to pay attention to the thriving possibility of photography as an experimental platform, rich with materiality and visual sleight of hand.’

    Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, July 14, 2016, 6-8pm.

    Aperture Summer Open 2016: Photography Is Magic
    Curated by Charlotte Cotton
    July 14 - August 11, 2016
    Aperture Foundation
    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
    New York, NY 10001

    For more information and a full schedule of related events visit www.aperture.org

    Jesse Chehak, Blame The Sun, 2013. Suite of color photographs, 83.5cm x 35.6cm.