Topless bar reflected in puddle, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2010
Archival Pigment Print
Editions of 5.
Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
The Party’s Over
May 24 – July 6, 2012
Yancey Richardson Gallery is pleased to present The Party’s Over, an exhibition of new and recent work by photographer Lisa Kereszi, marking the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Seen as a follow-up to the artist’s Fun and Games series, the color landscapes and interiors in The Party’s Over depict places of recreation long past their prime, together creating a poignant metaphor for the difficult economic climate of the times.
Continuing her investigation of escapist and fantastical spaces, Kereszi has trained her eye on the gritty, abandoned sites of former amusement parks, strip clubs, theaters, and other entertainment locales. The works offer subtle visual hints of a once happier existence, using windows and reflections, for example, as metaphorical portals to escape a reality of decay.
Though subdued in tone and content, the work is also a celebration of the magic of the purely photographic. Reactive, though quiet, Kereszi’s photos are not pre-conceived or planned out, but rather genuine, instinctive responses to strange, silent and secret beauty. In Topless bar reflected in puddle, Doylestown, PA, Kereszi frames a sliver of the defunct club’s sign in a parking lot puddle, which forms the shape of an arrow and reflects the club’s essential message – Topless Motel Bar Food. The building’s A-frame roof and chimney suggest that this is a former home converted to a strip club, another subtle reminder of the distressed conditions to which Kereszi lends her poetic sensibility.
Elsewhere, Kereszi’s compositions are more direct in their message, as in the show’s title image, The Party’s Over, Disco ball in box, CT, which peers down upon a shabby cardboard box containing a disco ball, no longer spinning overhead, and therefore bereft of its former power to entice. And Plastic Shark in lake behind sports bar, Pocono Mountains, PA, which reveals a comically placed shark head jutting out of shallow water, its toothy mouth agape, a sad, static reminder of a once popular recreational playground cast aside.
Lisa Kereszi received her BA from Bard College and her MFA from Yale University in 2000. She was awarded the Baum Award for Best Emerging American Photographer in 2005, and is the author of four monographs: Governors Island, Fantasies, Fun and Games, and the forthcoming Joe’s Junkyard, to be released by Damiani in September, 2012. Kereszi’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the New Museum, the Aldrich Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others. She is currently Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies in Photography at Yale University.
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