The Intimate Perspectives of Jan Groover

2017-08-23

The late American photographer Jan Groover left a mark among young photographers with her unique arrangements and compositions as her experience as an abstract artist made her approach photography in a painterly manner.

Jan Groover, Untitled, 1974, 3 x chromogenic print, 9 x 17.5 cm © Jan Groover, Courtesy Janet Borden Inc., New York and KLEMM’S, Berlin

With the likes of Annette Kelm or Wolfgang Tillmans sourcing Groover as their source of inspiration, the late photographer found the camera more liberating and open-minded than the male-dominated painting, but painter such as Cezanne and Morandi are her main influences. Groover preferred to shoot with authenticity and character. Documentary yet artistic, which manifests greatly in her abstract-yet-not-really photographs with her skillful use of color, form, and perspective.

Jan Groover, Untitled, 1978, Chromogenic print, 50.8 x 40.6 cm © Jan Groover, Courtesy Janet Borden Inc., New York and KLEMM’S, Berlin; Jan Groover, Untitled, 1981, Platinum-palladium contact print, 25.4 x 20.3 cm © Jan Groover, Courtesy Janet Borden Inc., New York and KLEMM’S, Berlin; Jan Groover,, Untitled, 1978, Chromogenic print, 50.8 x 61 cm © Jan Groover, Courtesy Janet Borden Inc., New York and KLEMM’S, Berlin

This approach is evident by taking images of everyday objects such as frying pans, knife blade, whisks,s, fork tines, egg slicers, vegetables, dinner tables, symbolically arranged fruits and flowers, all laid out in the kitchen. Thus, the series "The Kitchen Still Lifes", which would be debated among feminists as it calls out on the conventions of women -- the same way Cindy Sherman faced divided response.

Drop by the upcoming exhibition Jan Groover at The GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kuns in Bremen, August 28. The show will end on November 12.

Jan Groover, Untitled, 1978, chromogenic print, 50.8 x 61 cm © Jan Groover, Courtesy Janet Borden Inc., New York and KLEMM’S, Berlin; Jan Groover, Untitled, 1986, Platinum-palladium contact print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm © Jan Groover, Courtesy Janet Borden Inc., New York and KLEMM’S, Berlin; Jan Groover, Untitled, 1979, Chromogenic print, 61 x 50.8 cm © Jan Groover, Courtesy Janet Borden Inc., New York and KLEMM’S, Berlin

Images are from the press kit.

written by lomographymagazine on 2017-08-23 #news #still-life #film-photography #jan-groover

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