Los Angeles-based photographer Melanie Schiff opened her New York solo debut with Horton & Liu gallery last week. The exhibition, titled Mirror and Mastodon, features 8 mid-sized photographs that investigate ideas of spirituality and collective experience through the intersection of man and nature. While the images don’t contain any figures, the influence of man on the landscape is evident. The photograph titled Mastodon features an open field with a mysterious tree and root system that has fallen — twisted, blackened and reclaimed by the land. The photograph Mirror depicts two images simultaneously, containing both a raw hill or cliff with the image of a graffiti covered concrete embankment.
Schiff was born in Chicago and is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Mirror and Mastodon marks the artist’s first solo exhibition since her inclusion in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. The artist has exhibited internationally with recent exhibitions at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and Uschi Kolb in Karlsruhe in Germany. The artist has forthcoming exhibitions in 2010 at the Seattle Art Museum and P.S.1 MoMA in New York.