The photographs in LIVING CITY examine the cultural landscape of urban spaces – places made and lived in over time. Images are rendered with a specificity of detail that is abundant, embedded and particular to their culture and time. In today’s rapidly changing global landscape, fragments of western and eastern culture mix, past and present reside simultaneously, and places are made and remade with a rich geographic and temporal multiplicity.
Images made in cities as far ranging as Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Jaipur, Singapore, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Odessa, Miami and Istanbul, reveal identities in flux. Details of commerce, recreation and transportation punctuate a flattening globe and reveal transformative connections between history, topography, social beliefs, and the built environment.
When the images are printed large one can scrutinize the exquisite complexity of cultural detail residing in the visual landscape, allowing for a deeper appreciation of the layered and living spirit of the cities we inhabit.
I photograph the cultural landscape, examining the confluence of time, place and populace. Blending a formalist vision and dense iconography, each image contains patterns and artifacts of habitation that reveal transformative connections between history, topography, social beliefs, and our constructed environment.
My work is produced in limited editions of prints in two sizes: 22”x22” and 30” x 30”. My images are captured on film and printed digitally, using archival carbon pigmented inks on Hahnemuhle rag paper.
Garie Waltzer was born in New York City and received her BFA in painting and MFA in photography from State University of New York/ Buffalo. She is a recipient of artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, including the 2011 Ohio Arts Council Award for Excellence in Photography, and most recently, the 2012 Cleveland Arts Prize. Waltzer developed the photography program at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Community College where she chaired the department and taught for many years.
Waltzer’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Robert B. Menschel Media Center/ LightWork, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, McKinsey Corporation, Progressive Insurance, Xerox Corporation and many other corporate and private collections. Recent endeavors include commissioned projects by the George Gund Foundation, and The Cultural Landscape Foundation and American Photo magazine for the traveling exhibition Landslide 2010; fellowship residencies at Light Work in Syracuse, NY and Vermont Studio Center; inclusion in Light Work’s Fine Print program and publication in Contact Sheet;. Recent solo exhibitions include Living City at the Cabaleiro de Meuser Art School + Atelier in Singapore, and an upcoming exhibit at Picture This in Hong Kong 2013. Home base is Cleveland, Ohio.
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