Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ruth Ann Olivares reviews Richard Pare

Russian Photography by Richard Pare is quite animated with his chromogenic color prints!  His story telling abilities make his work even more enticing.  Pare at times enjoys telling events of his youth as a choirboy for a very large cathedral, playing music to fill the large structure and his romantic adventures as he would wonder the church building, sent on errands. He enjoys photography to the same degree. His show at MOMA.."The Lost Vanguard," portrays architectural photography and allows it to come out of the forbidden zone of art. Pare is influenced by Walker Evans and Robert Frank. His sharp images are crystal clear as well as intrigingly saturated with dynamic color.  While conceptually, he chooses to reflect more on perspective, allowing line and angle to shape his subject matter.  His choice of line use activates the viewer by drawing them into the scene and wanting more. What's around this 1926 structure?

 The DneproGES Dam and Power Station, 1999 gives the sense of a never ending hall of no return. Again perspective is at play but much stronger then before. The contrasting views from right to left of the image make the photograph a bit more interesting to  consider. The right side is cluttered and a bit busy while the right side tones down the emotion of the set recovering the eye of the viewer, creating balance. Along with perspective, there tends to be a great amount of geometric shape that shows unity and repetition. This choice of texture and composition pleases me for many reasons. I have always been attracted to line and perspective. I guess it keeps me wanting more...draws me in. I'm quite pleased with Richard Pare's work.

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