Robert Malmberg: Light Waves

Red, yellow, and green painting called Light Waves

Robert Malmberg: Light Waves

Winter 2017

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Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Robert Christian Malmberg was born on the Florida Gulf and raised just outside Louisville, Kentucky. Malmberg discovered his passion for photography as a teenager and relocated to California to attend the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. After graduating in 2006, Malmberg moved to New York City to pursue his career in fine photography, studio portraiture, and commercial advertising. His unique visual approach has garnered awards ranging from San Francisco's DRIVEN Creativity Competition to private film screenings at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Recent highlights have included a residency at the New York Historical Society, and being featured in Paris Match and SCOPE Art Miami. Malmberg is currently based in New York City, at work on a variety of commercial and personal photo commissions.

The Light Waves exhibition highlights two diverse expressions of Malmberg’s work and features the color saturated Neon Landscapes series, in addition to the striking black and white presentation of oversized Manhattan Contact Sheets. Neon Landscapes is a study in photographic abstract expression. Shot on expired medium format film and a Rolleiflex camera with a broken shutter, Malmberg uses the imperfections deliberately to evoke a wildly colorful atmosphere. On a recent road trip through the American West, he was inspired by the sense of freedom experienced driving through the open plains, mountains, and desert. His analog renderings of the passing landscape are captured on saturated color negative film with intentional "light leaks" and multiple exposure techniques. Inspired by modern painters such as Mark Rothko and Robert Rauschenberg, Malmberg utilizes a tangible photographic medium to capture subliminal emotion. Neon Landscapes, contemporary and bursting with electric color, marks a departure from Malmberg's acclaimed collodion process works while still fueling his passion for alternative processes.

For the Manhattan: Contact Sheets series, Malmberg used traditional 35mm black & white film, shooting multiple frames to present a collective portrayal of Manhattan locations that he has found most inspiring. Malmberg commented, “Using the contact sheet as art allows me to shoot freely, building a montage of photographs to expose a more dynamic translation of that space and time.” His approach to architectural photography has a cinematic appeal even while keeping true to the classic still photography format. Each contact sheet is comprised of one complete roll of film (36 frames), showcasing urban vistas.

Activations surrounding the exhibition include a guided winter photography walk in Central Park with Robert Malmberg, as well as a "Meet the Artist" series with director Bill Mack on Thursday, March 2nd and Mary Lang of the New York Foundation for the Arts on Wednesday, March 15th. Each "Meet the Artist" talk with Malmberg will be moderated by Quin Arts curator DK Johnston. Topics will include: utilizing "alternative processes" in a digital age, the importance of documentary filmmaking in today's world, photography collecting, incorporating photography in interior design, and more.

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