Daniel Blochwitz is a young German photographer who has been living in New York for several years, recording life on the streets, and producing complex, visually sophisticated street-grids of photos -- two dimensional commentaries on supra-consumerism and modern life.Needless to say, I was quite impressed with Dan's work. The three pieces that he was showing were each large prints, with a four by four or four by five grid of horizontal photographs. Each piece had its own theme; my favorite being one entitled "Alone". Each photograph is loosely connected to the group as a whole. And then there are other conntections between each photograph and those next to it. Color, horizontals or verticals, shapes -- there are all of these connections.
I can relate to these pieces on a few different levels. Ever since I was a young kid, I was drawn to connections and patterns. It is almost how I think about everything -- music, architecture, urban design, history. So I was pulled in immediately to Dan's work. And then there is this amazing layering of New York that he captured so well. As we talked, he brought up the hope that people can look at his work and see something new each time in each photo. And I had to agree with him -- just the way the essence of New York can be caught by a camera, providing the (new) viewer with things to observe.
Worth checking out if you are in that neighborhood. The Safe-T-Gallery is located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges at 111 Front Street, Gallery 214.