Written by Michael Goldstein for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photo: Michael Goldstein
5 out of 5 stars
SALLY DAVIES: NEW YORK AT NIGHT: LARGE SCALE PHOTOGRAPHS
NEW YORK, NY (June 6, 2015) On June 4th, the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery on 57th Street unveiled a fascinating collection of photographs by Sally Davies entitled New York at Night. The collection is a large-scale display of her work showcasing the bustling evenings of New York City. Each photograph exposes realms both familiar and foreign to the eyes of the non-nocturnal. Not only that, each image portrays the sense that community and commerce are eternal concepts that make up the essence of New York City.
For example, in the photograph Times Square, these themes of community and commerce are clearly at the front. You can see the photograph dominated not only by the many businesses highlighting themselves to the world with their vibrant sign colors but also littered with people walking here and there. Special mention goes to the small group of people in the middle of the frame, but it looks as if they are being viewed from a distance, highlighting the alien world New York can be to people visiting it for the first time.
In the photograph Horseshoe Bar, immediately the viewer is treated to a winter scene which offers an essence of silence and solitude considering the sole person occupying the middle of the frame. But closer examination reveals lights shimmering from within the building, providing not only a sense of life and community despite the weather, but also what appears to be a study of two separate worlds diametrically opposed, the one on the outside and the one inside, occupying the same frame.
Davies’ work serves as an impressive snapshot of New York City, making it look like an unusual word, but also a familiar experience. The gallery wraps up on July 17th, so if you’re not much of a night owl, be sure to catch a glimpse of the nightlife with these amazing photographs.