As part of our ongoing partnership with Beautiful/Decay we bring you the painted photographs of Claire Falkenberg. Falkenberg, who lives in Brooklyn, exhibited her work in a solo show entitled Threshold at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto earlier this year. The article was written by Larissa Erin Greer and originally published on May 23, 2013.
With a toxic mix of oil-based paint, the surfaces of artist Claire Falkenberg‘s large-scale photos are transformed into mysterious and eerie clouds. The ominous, milky clouds obscure the space directly in front of the photographer, delaying the viewer’s ability to understand what lies just under the surface of each picture plane. This inclusion is generous, because it offers another layer of surface detail to the viewer who is willing to inspect the ghostly swirls of oil paint. The slick, snapshot-style images of trash slowly begin to reveal themselves—vanishing almost entirely at the center, and bringing into question just exactly what Falkenberg has chosen to cover up in her series.