About Alan Chimacoff
Architect, photographer and former educator Alan Chimacoff has a long history of expertise in all three of these subjects. In addition to leading his own architecture practice in the town of Princeton, NJ and designing numerous structures for a variety of academic facilities, he also has many years of experience lecturing as a professor of architecture at Princeton University. In addition, Chimacoff has built up a prolific resume of awards, competitions and exhibitions for his photographic work from a wide variety of institutions and organizations.
Chimacoff seeks abstraction in the constructed, natural and ordinary, exploring explicit geometries as well as the faceted, ambiguous spatial characteristics of cubism, an avante-garde artistic movement which confounds the obvious in a push toward the non-objective. His perspective as a photographer is shaped by his architectural knowledge of real and illusory space as well as his love of materials.
Chimacoff’s photos in this exhibition are a selection from a continuing series on cities of large and small. The city, which both builds on and destroys itself, is one of humankind’s greatest creations, as a monumental record of humanity’s tumultuous history and the stage on which the theater of urban life plays out. Chimacoff’s photos, though, are distinctly devoid of human presence: and without people, the background becomes the foreground. However, the pictures reveal that an absence of people is not an absence of humanity, as they emphasize that the city’s size, complexity and density offer endless opportunity for discovery and surprise – ultimately confirming humanity’s presence.
My photographic perspective is shaped by my knowledge, as an architect, of real and illusory space, a love of materials and the making of things, and an abiding interest in an inherent contradiction between clarity and ambiguity. Seeking abstraction in the constructed, natural and ordinary, my photographs explore the explicit geometries as well as the faceted, ambiguous spatial characteristics of cubism—often confounding the obvious in seeking the non- objective. I am enchanted by the abstractions of Aaron Siskind, Paul Strand, and Minor White—how their photographs combine strong geometric constructions with lyrical moments of reality.
Artist Personal Website: www.chimacoff.com