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« Sandi Haber Fifield’s photographs float on the colors of memory, mood, feeling, and suggestion. They combine the indistinctness of memory with the imperfections of photography to produce elusive, incomplete reconstructions of times, events, and sentiments at the far reaches of perception. »–Vicki Goldberg
AFTER THE THRESHOLD
PHOTOGRAPHS BY SANDI HABER FIFIELD
ESSAY BY VICKI GOLDBERG
PUBLISHED BY KEHRER VERLAG
Accompanied by Exhibition at Rick Wester Fine Art, New York
April 18–May 30, 2013
|New York, NY — January 17, 2013 — Throughout her career, contemporary fine art photographer Sandi Haber Fifield has worked with multiple images to create narrative pieces that transcend the formal elements of photography confined to a single moment. What happens before and after the image is what interests Haber Fifield most. Working in an intuitive manner, she searches for the connective tissue between disparate images to produce a whole from smaller parts. The associations she makes result in composites of four, sometimes three images, often rendered in soft focus, which are like visual poems reconstructed from memory or dreams. These beautiful, engaging, sometimes humorous, and decidedly feminine works are gathered here in the artist’s third monographAfter the Threshold (Kehrer Verlag, April 2013), with an essay by renowned photography critic Vicki Goldberg.
The source material for Haber Fifield’s work in this exquisite volume is the artist’s vast archive of images. When brought together and sequenced, these photographs become « stories » for the viewer to linger on and interpret. Haber Fifield explores the relationship between images, and what happens to them when they are linked and take on new meanings. The editing and sequencing of images is as important to her as the making of the images themselves.
In her essay, Goldberg writes: « [Haber Fifield’s] sequences, leaping through illogical hoops, revel in ambiguity, yet they cohere in mood and tone, much the way a piece of music does when the same key persists while melodies change. The clues to coherence are subtle: compositional elements recur, color plays nuanced games, and each sequence projects a consistent range of feeling. »
In her artist statement, Haber Fifield writes, « My work is born of collisions and alignments. I gather images from experiences exceptional and mundane, intentional and spontaneous. A visit to the Louvre might find its place alongside a glance through my kitchen window. I work from an inventory of images created and collected over time and am always looking for the small parts that make the whole. Through the process of combining disparate moments of vision, formal connections reveal themselves and suggest the reassuring possibility of meaning and order in the apparent randomness of experience. »
Haber Fifield’s work is pertinent to this moment in photography’s evolution. It reflects the way we visually navigate the contemporary world, struggling to make sense of countless, disjointed images that bombard us from every direction. Each piece she creates is an invitation to the viewer to take a breath, slow down, and consider the connections between photographs.
Sandi Haber Fifield was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She has a MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and notable museums throughout the United States, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The DeCordova Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of American Art, and The St. Louis Art Museum. Haber Fifield’s photographs are held in numerous private and public collections, among them The High Museum of Art, The Library of Congress,
The Los Angeles County Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art. After the Threshold is Haber Fifield’s third monograph. In 2009 her book of grids and multiple image installations, Walking through the World, was published (Charta), and in 2011 Between Planting and Picking was released (Charta). Sandi Haber Fifield is represented by
Rick Wester Fine Art in New York.
Vicki Goldberg is the author of The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed Our Lives (Abbeville, 1991). This, with her Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography (Harper and Row, 1986) were each named a best book of the year by the American Library Association. Most recently, Goldberg is the author of The White House: The President’s Home in Photographs and History (Little Brown, 2011). Additionally, she is coauthor ofAmerican Photography: A Century in Images (Chronicle Books, 1999) and editor ofPhotography in Print: Writings from 1816 to the Present (University of New Mexico Press, 1988). She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the International Center of Photography’s prestigious Infinity Award in 1997. Goldberg lectures widely and has written on photography and the arts for The New York Times, American Photo,
Vanity Fair, and other publications.
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
April 18 — May 30, 2013
Rick Wester Fine Art
511 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001