Wikipedia describes pinhole photography in this manner: “A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens but with a tiny aperture – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through the aperture and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box, which is known as the camera obscura effect.”
Osceola Refetoff has taken this old way of visual expression in a new and experimental direction with “Kinematic Exposure” at Von Lintel Gallery in his ongoing journey to imagine imaging differently.
The new photo exhibition “Kinematic Exposure” uses pinhole photo techniques that offer a different cognitive visual experience than his last series, “Solitary Reckonings.” “Kinematic Exposure” could be considered similar in the use of color and painterly sensibilities, but these images vary considerably from Refetoff’s earlier work in the degree of abstraction and the context of the content. “Kinematic Exposure” is more removed from representationalism and closer to impressionism. When you witness “Shifting Seas” or “The Persistence of Being,” you are transported to someplace other-worldly and trance-inducing. They hypnotize the viewer and transport the viewer to other worlds of being. The effects of these images prove to be more abstract, more painterly and the color is a greater factor in the visual experience. These images allow your mind to travel, imagine without structure, and remain transfixed by their sense of solitary other.
Osceola Refetoff’s new exhibition will be on display at Von Lintel Gallery in the Bendix Building in DTLA through October 31st. Viewing hours are from Wednesday – Saturday, 12 PM-6 PM. Appointments may be made via the gallery’s homepage.