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RAANDESK PRESENTS 'CONVERSATIONS' - PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY BY JORDANNA KALMAN

05-08-2007 01:23 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: RAANDESK Gallery of Art

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"Stairs" by Jordanna Kalman

"Stairs" by Jordanna Kalman

New York, NY-Sometimes Jordanna Kalman’s inclusion of people in her portraits seems almost happenstance. This is an interesting dynamic since Kalman’s aim when creating them is to “hold onto and make sense of people”, and to describe through the photos how she sees people and what interests her about them. To her, this interaction and the resulting image are a form of conversation because they not only speak about the subject, but also about what the artist finds compelling in the scene as a whole. Working with a variety of photographic techniques in both color and black and white, the mood she creates is inclusive of both object and person, making it difficult to ascertain which is more important. For example, in the attached image “Stairs”, the viewer first engages with a young androgynous figure who gazes back with deeply emotional yet vacant eyes, only to be drawn with equal fervor up the set of ethereal stairs to the right of the figure, thus being forced to fully absorb the scene.

WHEN: Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 5, 2007 from 6:00-9:00 P.M.
Exhibition Dates: June 5-August 11, 2007

WHERE: Punch & Judy (RAANDESK Gallery Partner)
26 Clinton Street, New York, NY
Cross Streets: Between Stanton and E. Houston
Nearest Subway Lines: F and V at Delancey Street

Kalman has had nine solo and group exhibitions, mostly in New York. She’s also shown at high profile art fairs such as Photo San Francisco and at the Center for Photographs at Woodstock. In 2005 and 2000 respectively, she produced two independent films including “Manfred” and “Prophet” and worked as a Gallery Director for Bonnie Andretta Fine Art. Kalman received her BFA from Purchase College in Purchase, NY. She currently resides in Hudson, NY.
Media Notes: Please contact Samantha Stark at the number or e-mail listed above for more information or to obtain high-resolution images of artwork featured on the site. Interviews with the artist, Jordanna Kalman, or the gallery owner, Jessica L. Porter, can be scheduled at any time.


The RAANDESK GALLERY OF ART is a virtual art gallery featuring emerging artists from across the country. Its mission is to redefine the gallery experience to make it more inclusive, to open up the world of art buying to a larger audience, and to give a unique opportunity to up-and-coming artists. Based out of New York City’s East Side, it differentiates itself from other online galleries by offering a unique combination of on-site exhibitions and other events with an eclectic mixture of up-and-coming artists and provocative artwork in various mediums. When possible, the gallery also arranges for work to be shown to buyers in their homes and offices, organizes visits to artist studios and consults with buyers on home and office decorating. Guests of the gallery can browse and buy original sculptures, paintings, photographs, and drawings whenever and wherever it’s most convenient. Prices on the site range from $100-$10,000. The gallery offices can be reached at 212-696-7432.

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