David Halliday: Still Life, In Color

Also on exhibit: works by Chad Kleitsch and Alexander Turnquist

Opening Reception: Saturday October 2 from 6 - 8pm

September 30, 2010 through November 7, 2010

Carrie Haddad Photographs is pleased to announce David Halliday: Still Life, In Color, and works by Chad Kleitsch and Alexander Turnquist, on view from September 30 to November 7, 2010,. There will be an opening reception held on Saturday, October 2 from 6 PM to 8 PM. All are invited to attend.


A purple hydrangea leans over the edge of its vase to feel the tablecloth, another inch and its sure to free itself from the confines of its vessel. Almost all of the objects in Halliday’s photographs seem alive: two nets caught in buoyant conversation, a melodic arrangement of poppies, dueling teacups and forks. Halliday has a talent for making the common look uncommon, for creating unexpected drama with a few simple elements.

In some cases, the objects in these photographs look impossibly placed - as if they should slide down right out of the picture plane and land at your feet. The illusion of depth and three dimensionality is often obscured, or even obliterated, as in Red Grapes and White Vase and Peanuts and Broccoli.

In all these works, Halliday shows us his usual subjects with new eyes. Surely, what could be more exhausted and cliched than a still life. And yet, in these photographs, expressed with maturity and executed with confidence, Halliday succeeds in creating something fresh.


The public seldom gets behind the scenes to view artworks submerged in packing peanuts, propped against gallery walls, and wrapped in blankets inside large empty galleries.

On exhibit will be a selection of work by Chad Kleitsch, from his series, White Box. This series invites visitors to experience “show change,” an industry term for the intense and exciting period of time from the point when artworks arrive on site—sometimes following transatlantic voyages—to the time an exhibition is ready to make its public debut.

In 2001 Kleitsch began to ask museums for free access with my camera during exhibition changes, initiating a project that has now encompassed over fifteen museums, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Menil Collection and The Hammer Museum. These photographs reveal the complex relationship between art and the space in which it is presented, lifting a curtain on a provisional environment where institutional hierarchy is missing or turned upside down; where the division between art and the circumstances of its presentation is blurred; and where the installation processes themselves are aestheticized.

In the recent past a number of photographers have been drawn to the spaces that display art as subject matter, including Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer, Sherrie Levine and Louise Lawler. The work of these artists differs from Kleitsch's essay, however, in that the subject matter is either the sociology of the museum environment (Struth and Höfer) or institutional critique (Levine/Lawler). By making the viewer focus on the raw nature of the exhibition process, these photographs defuse the aura that surrounds the rarefied atmosphere of formal display, making us understand that art and the circumstances of its presentation are not mutually exclusive.


Although he is best known for his distinguished and mesmerizing twelve-string guitar instrumentals, Turnquist is an accomplished visual artist as well. On exhibit will be two video installations, the product of Turnquist's fascination with the kaleidoscope. By modifying a closed triangle three mirror toy kaleidoscope and physically transforming it into a lens for a digital video camera, we see the filmed surroundings of the earth and sky in a kaleidoscopic tunnel of visual psychedelia.

Turnquist's photographic series, Shutter Swells, are the result of several purposefully distorted images of scanned 35mm negatives taken through thick pieces of glass and hand held lights. Originally these images were taken and layered together to create the music video for composer Christopher Tignor's piece of music "Cathedral part 2", seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sxX2clORqI&p=38485FC699EF5C1D&playnext=1&index=88. Turnquist is currently based in New York's Hudson Valley. This is his first exhibit with the gallery.

The gallery is located at 318 Warren Street, Hudson, New York. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11am - 5 pm or by appointment. For more information about this exhibit or the gallery, please call 518-828-7655 or email us at hello@carriehaddadphotographs.com

David Halliday

Chad Kleitsch