Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Jose Manuel Ballester, Deposito de Gas, 2006
Jose Manuel Ballester, Deposito de Gas, 2006
2007 Featured Exhibition

Jose Manuel Ballester
José Manuel Ballester

May 3–26, 2007
Nicholas Metivier Gallery
451 King St W

This is the first Canadian exhibition of Spanish
artist José
Manuel Ballester. Ballester creates large-scale
photographs
of
interior architectural spaces, often eerily
uninhabited and of
an industrial or institutional anonymity. Many of his
photographs
celebrate the awesome structural spectacles
found in
convention centres, factories and museums –
latticeworks of
steel beams, mile-high vaulted ceilings, reflections
on polished
concrete floors stretching to infinity.

Ballester
alters his
images
with computer manipulation, accentuating spatial
volumes
to distend and deepen space. Thus they create a
new kind of
space for photography, a space that is closer to
the illusory
perspective projections of old master paintings
than they are
to “straight” photography. The photographs sustain
ambiguity
between photographic representation and
minimalist
abstraction,
achieving a melancholic beauty that’s both formally
and
psychologically evocative. Much of the images’
drama comes
from the indeterminate lighting, which deepens
their
strangeness
and accentuates their ultimate independence from
human
creators and inhabitants.

Ballester, born in
Madrid
in 1960,
has
had his work exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof,
Berlin;
Galeria
Marlborough, Madrid; Institut Valencia d’Art
Modern, Valencia;
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York; and Galeria
Estiarte,
Madrid.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.