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July Issue 2004
Rebus Works in Raleigh, NC, Presents Photographs by Tanya Ortega de Chamberlin and Other Photographers
Rebus Works in Raleigh, NC, is presenting the exhibition, Metes and Bounds, featuring the photography of Tanya Ortega de Chamberlin, on view through Aug. 14, 2004. The exhibit will also feature photographs by Krysta Einspanier, Margaret Ellington. Elizabeth Galecke, James West, Marti Wilkerson, and Michael Zirkle.
The title of the exhibit, Metes and Bounds, refers to a survey method that measures and demarks property by identifying natural and topographical features and human constructions that function as the limits and boundaries of a space. The subjects of Ortega de Chamberlin's photographs are the interiors of empty and neglected buildings, including an abandoned high school, a stadium, and an industrial train repair shop. Her work aims at documenting rather than interpreting space, presenting to the viewer an interior space to be understood and experienced on its own terms, separate from its origins and the photographer's deliberate manipulations of point of view.
Metes and Bounds is part of a larger series, Vacant Spaces, that focuses on empty interiors. The series is shot entirely on a large format 4x5 architectural field camera, using color film and printed on glossy prints with an average size of 24x30 inches. The work emphasizes architectural elements and details in a depth of field that, according to Ortega de Chamberlin, is "crucial to fixing these places in their time and measure of integrity." The large-scale prints give the viewer a sense of actual presence in the space, rendering the space for the viewer to experience and interpret from their own personal perspective, as if they themselves were filling the empty space in these interiors.
Ortega de Chamberlin is a native of Santa Fe, NM. She has a BFA in photography from Southern Oregon State University and has studied in England and Italy. She has lived, worked and photographed in many locations, including New York, where she was a member of the Vicious Circle Art Group, Salt Lake City and Central and Latin America.
The exhibition is augmented by the work of other photographers who also explore the themes of place and space. Krysta Einspanier's work renders the entropic interiors of a deceased recluse and a local building awaiting renovation. Other works by Elizabeth Galecke, Margaret Ellington, Michael Zirkle and James West further explore these themes. In addition, selections from the archives of New York photographer, Marti Wilkerson featuring personalities, from Chuck Berry to Deborah Harry are on view.
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