Castor Gallery is happy to present “Polaroids” a solo show by photographer Jonathan Leder at Volta Art Fair booth C16. This will be the artists second show with the gallery.
The exhibition showcases nearly 200 images shot by Leder between 2011 and 2017. While he resists the term “erotica,” which suggests an aggressive sexuality and downplays the artistry and technique evident in his work, Leder is certainly a master of capturing the female form.
It would be overstated to make a clear distinction between artists and photographers – just as trying to create orders and hierarchies in the arts is a time worn and pointless task – but it is fair to identify certain traits that are more specifically peculiar to each art form, especially technical ones. Leder is proof of how fine the line between artist and photographer can be.
His pictures clearly present a traditional and pictorial composition of the image. The furnishings are significant and the colors are studied. The body is no longer merely a receptacle for aesthetic and literary values, it becomes charged with an eroticism that stems from the psyche. They also share a certain crudeness that makes the pictures even more modern.
As founder of Imperial Publishing LTD., Leder has infused volumes like Lost Vegas, A Study in Fetishisms, and Ritratti with his unique aesthetic. Each of these gorgeous photo books presents adult content in a sophisticated, intelligent manner worthy of coffee tables and gallery walls. “Leder possesses the artist’s courage, freedom and conceptual verve mixed with capability and meticulous execution,” writes art historian Susan Rothschild. “And lastly, he has the artist’s poetry.”
About VOLTA NY: VOLTA NY is a contemporary art fair comprised of solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. The American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, VOLTA NY has since its 2008 debut operated as a beacon for creative discovery and social engagement during Armory Arts Week.
About Castor Gallery: Open since January 2015, Castor Gallery is a contemporary art gallery specializing in exhibitions by young and mid career artists. Located in the heart of the thriving Lower East Side arts district, the gallery focuses on minimal representation and dedicates its resources to the artists who show there.