Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 8, 6:00pm—8:00pm

LOMPCHING GALLERY is pleased to present A New Kind Of Beauty, by the artist Phillip Toledano.

Brought together for the first time as a solo exhibition, these breathtaking and provocative portraits depict people who have reconfigured their bodies by means of extensive plastic surgery. The photographs raise questions about self-perception and social paragons relating to what constitutes perceived notions of beauty.

Shot against a... stark black backdrop, the large-scale portraits present subjects that are stunningly rendered and isolated. Toledano’s highly-crafted images combine up-close physical observations that are imposing, detailed and display a dramatic illumination that is reminiscent of the chiaroscuro technique of Caravaggio.

Rather than presenting a study of physical augmentation that simply shows an apparent eradication of individuality via the surgeon’s knife, Toledano’s artistic achievement is the humanity that quietly projects from behind the faces of each subject—pride, hope, sadness, fear, awkwardness and defiance all abound. Despite their initial spectacle, the photographs emerge as gentle and respectful. Without a doubt, they engender a myriad of responses and debate. Toledano has certainly set the stakes high, both in terms of what he is depicting and the artistic methodologies used.

Phillip Toledano (b. 1968) was born in London and now lives and works in New York City. His photographs have been published in Aperture, Eyemazing, Harpers and The British Journal of Photography. Chronicle Books has just published Toledano’s third book 'Days With My Father', which documents Toledano’s last few years with his elderly father. As an artist, he works across mediums from photography to installation, primarily working with socio-political themes.

Exhibition continues through October 29th, 2010.

klompching gallery
111 Front Street #214, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 782-5920

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 8, 6:00pm—8:00pm

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