Sixteen by Huger Foote and meditations by Libby Johnson

by - October 15, 2013

Huger Foote, Untitled, archival pigment print, 20x30, 2013

Huger Foote


Libby Johnson

Reception Friday, October 18, 6-8pm
David Lusk
On display October 15 through November 16

This fall David Lusk Gallery will feature sixteen color photographs by Memphis-born photographer Huger Foote. This will be the artist’s sixth solo exhibition with the Gallery since 1995 continuing his theme of breathing new life and appreciation into mundane objects that surround our daily lives. 

Sixteen is a collection of images from across the country, stretching from a period of time in the Pacific Northwest to his present residence in New York City. Images are captured through Foote’s medium format camera lens and translated onto 20x30” archival pigment prints. The size of the works, unique depth of color, tight composition and intensity of light and shadow heighten the viewers’ experience ensuring lasting visual impact that even give leftover peaches on a roadside stand meaning. 

Foote confirms that while the works are shot in various locations across the country there are some images that are deliberately ambiguous, like in the abstract image of white snow against the corner of a white concrete building. The artist describes this kind of work as “those wonderful forgotten places in between, where one finds stillness and mystery.” 

The breadth of subject matter is a testament to the Foote’s recent personal growth. He says: “This exhibition captures a period of expansion in my life, not only in its exploration of new territory out in the world, but an interior awakening – a new perception.” For example, this newfound awareness is found in the layers of light and shadow reflecting in the glass display case in Untitled 138, or in studying the different materials that make up the texture of a city street in Untitled Arrow. 

Foote received his BA at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Since then he has apprenticed with the esteemed photographer Annie Leibovitz, established a commercial photography career and developed an extensive group of collectors both public and private around the world. In 2011 the artist received a commission from the New York Times to capture the city during springtime.

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