David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by James Welling, on view at 519 West 19th Street in New York. Choreograph debuts a series of digital photographs of dance, with elements of architecture and/or landscape. These were made by placing three different black-and-white photographs into Adobe Photoshop's red, green, and blue color channels, thus yielding a multilayered color image similar to double exposures in analog photography. The artist then alters it using Photoshop tools (hue/saturation and selective color), and as adjustments are made, various parts of the image come forward or recede.
Welling's interest in dance dates back to 1970 when he saw the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform while at university in Pittsburgh. He took dance classes at the time, but after transferring to the California Institute of the Arts, he turned to photography as his medium. This exhibition marks his return to dance, albeit in photographic form.
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"With “Choreograph” . . . Welling has developed a more physical way of deconstructing color: feeding three black-and-white images into Photoshop’s red, green and blue color channels, and dragging the “adjustment” sliders until he creates one serendipitous, psychedelic composition."—"James Welling, Now in Technicolor" in The New York Times