A new exhibition of work by American photographer Jeffrey Milstein opens tonight at the Benrubi Gallery in in New York. The show, called “Leaning Out,” features aerial images of ports, train yards, airports, parking lots, and cityscapes. Shot from helicopters and small planes, it’s tempting to think the title of the exhibition references the way Milstein must have positioned himself in aircrafts flying 2,000 feet above the ground while capturing the visual rhythms of industrial spaces below.
In the photographs, which are printed up to 70 inches long, several square miles are reduced to “the size of a tapestry. The signs of use disappear, the wear and tear, the small distinguishing details, leaving behind bold blocks of color,” states the press release. It continues, “the images suggest that however chaotic or inscrutable modern life might appear, it is the product of age-old patterns that move us in ways we may not consciously perceive, but which nevertheless guide us through our daily routines.”
“Leaning Out” coincides with the release of Milstein’s recent book, “LA NY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York,” published by Thames & Hudson. The exhibition includes images from the book and also new work.
Opening reception and book signing with the artist: January 25, 6-8pm
521 West 26th Street, FL 2
New York, New York 10001