Thursday, February 23, 2012

John Chakeres: Structure


Defining himself as more an image builder than traditional photographer, Ohio native John Chakeres revels in expressing the beauty of the world around him through studies in order, texture, form, surface, color and light.


Canvas Wall, Columbus, 2011


The works represented in Structure--photographs of brick walls and wooden fences, car park ceilings and factory facades-- resound as the digital photographer's answer to trompe l'oeil. At such astounding visual clarity, one can't help but imagine the softness of the fabric in "Canvas Wall" or the grittiness of dust between the bricks of "Painted Wall" between their fingers.


Factory Wall, Columbus, 2010


Concomitant to his studies in photography and printmaking at Ohio University in the 1970's, Chakeres studied under the tutelage of Ansel Adams, a relationship that later led to an assistantship in Adams' studio and the beginning of his decade's long career as a fine art photographer. His work now resides in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Tweed Museum of Art, among others, and has been seen nationwide in group and solo exhibitions alike. 


Painted Wall, Columbus, 2009


In addition to the publication of three books, Chakeres has also enjoyed a contributing editor post at Photomethods magazine (1986-88), been featured in numerous periodicals, and has taught photography, printmaking, and digital imaging at Ohio University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Columbus State Community College.


City Center Wall, Columbus, 2010


For the full collection of images from the Structure show, please visit our current exhibition page here.

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