Solo Show Walls, Surfaces, Illusions at Yancey Richardson

Yancey Richardson Gallery is pleased to present Walls, Surfaces, Illusions, a selection of celebrated photographs by Lisa Kereszi. Frequently exploring venues offering escapism through cheap entertainment and sordid pleasure, Kereszi’s photographs emphasize the details that lift the veil between fantasy and reality. With an acute awareness of the oblique, she peels back the illusionism of these forgotten spaces on the cultural fringe – an abandoned arcade, a run-down amusement park, a strip club on the outskirts of town – revealing the disenchantment and melancholy behind their once-alluring facades.

Keresziʼs photographs are not planned, but rather genuine, instinctive responses to a strange and secret type of beauty. Distressed signage, antiquated murals, glimpses through reflections – they are exercises in magical realism, and a celebration of the spontaneous photographic image. The daughter of a junkyard proprietor, she embraces the aesthetics of decay, finding treasure in the detritus, the left behind, the visual clue that reveals something about a once happier life that unfolded in the space she discovers.

May 16 through July 3, 2019
at Yancey Richardson Gallery
525 West 22nd Street

Posted on 14 May 2019

Group Show at AIPAD Curated by Alec Soth

From The Photography Show “With this exhibition, Alec Soth wants to take a break from the fractious public square of photography and wander quietly into people’s homes. Behind these doors, he hopes to find a sliver of solace in these unstable times. This special exhibition curated for The Photography Show will feature domestic interiors that speak to the possibility of finding refuge during turbulent times.” The show will include work by Kereszi, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Elliot Erwitt, Danny Lyon and others.

A Room for Solace: An Exhibition of Domestic Interiors
AIPAD The Photography Show
Annual Special Exhibition
Pier 94

Posted on 18 March 2019

Group Show Theaters of Fiction at Wellin Museum in Upstate New York

Several of Kereszi’s works are included in a group show at the Wellin Museum, which recently acquired several of her pieces for their permanent collection. Theaters of Fiction also includes work by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Carrie Mae Weems, Candida Hofer, Rhona Bittner, and others.
Opening February 16th, 2019 and on view through June 19th.
Wellin Museum
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY
In the exhibition catalog, the curator Katherine Alcauskas, writes: “In multiple series since the late 1990s, including Fantasies, Fun and Games, The Party’s Over, and Haunted, Lisa Kereszi has recorded not the bourgeois theater or opera house, but more egalitarian spaces of ‘entertainment,’ where viewers go to enact fantasies or escape from daily life, including strip clubs, haunted houses, amusement parks, and movie theaters. Her interest is not to celebrate such locations, necessarily, but to strip away the “thinly veiled facade” to reveal the banal—even gritty—nature of such spaces… Within these spaces of democratic entertainment, Kereszi searches for human relics: ‘I go into a space that has been inhabited and look for the trails and traces people leave behind.’ It is these vestiges of human activity and diversion that remain even after the physical spaces are long abandoned. In focusing on the remnants of enjoyment, her photographs often address a perceived intimacy that is ultimately artificial, sold to and replicated for each visitor, revealing what one critic has called ‘the intersection of private self and public illusion.’ While the personal desires that stimulate each individual to pursue a public fantasy are private, they are enacted within a shared space.”

Posted on 29 December 2018