Edition of 30 sets plus 3 artist’s proofs;
All photographs are signed and numbered on the reverse, packaged in a black portfolio,
published by Art Metropole as a fundraising project.
Price: $2250 U.S.or $3400 Cdn – set of 3 photographs, signed, numbered, boxed
James Welling (American, b.1951) is a photographer best known for his photographs of everyday materials such as phyllo dough and aluminum foil. Born in Hartford, CT, Welling studied drawing at Carnegie Mellon University and video at the California Institute of the Arts. Important artistic influences include the work of Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and John Baldessari. Although he never formally studied photography, Welling set up a darkroom in 1976 and began learning about printing and developing with a series of architectural photographs of Los Angeles, CA. He started his early series Diary/Landscape in 1977, photographs of Connecticut landscapes paired with parts of his great-great-grandparentsâ€™ diaries from 1840. Welling has experimented with a range of photographic techniques, including gelatin silver prints, photograms, Polaroids, and digital prints. In 1978, Welling moved to New York, NY, and during the 1980s, he worked on several series of abstract photographs, which depict materials such as drapery, aluminum foil, and ink infused gelatin. After he moved to Los Angeles, Welling produced photograms such as his series called Torsos 2005/2008, which was shown at the Whitney Biennial, in New York, in 2008. From 2006 to 2009, Welling photographed Philip Johnsonâ€™s Glass House in Connecticut using filters of various colors. He has also worked with the digital alteration techniques using Maya and Photoshop, evident in the series War (2005) and Quadrilaterals (2005). In 1985, Welling received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work is currently held in several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is represented by the David Zwirner Gallery in New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
1: Blue Arm, 2000 color 30 x 57 cm., edition of 30 John Baldessari's work was photograped from television. The black spots are water stains upon the undeveloped Fujichrome.
2: Cindy Bernard Space, Climate, Light, Mood, 2000 41 x 51 cm., edition of 30 collaboration with Gabie Strong, Ron Russell and David Patton performance stills by Josh White, MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A. at the Schindler House, February 16, 2000.
3: James Welling Garden, 1998 51 x 41 cm., edition of 30 This photograph was made by exposing three pieces of black & white film in sequence through red, green and blue Kodak colour separation filters. The black & white negatives were scanned and copied into the appropriate red, green and blue channels of photoshop to create a color document. The print was made with an Epson 9000 printer on Hahnemuhle paper.