11.07.2023  •  Art NEWS

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GoSee Book Tip : Doug Fogelson ‘Chemical Alterations’ - states of flux bordering on abstraction (Kerber Verlag)

In the book ‘Chemical Alterations 2012–2022’ now appearing at Kerber, Doug Fogelson (b. 1970) presents a photographic series that reflects the range of impacts caused by climate change around the planet. Using a process that combines traditional landscape photography with a chemical bath of toxic cleaning products to alter the original analogue film, Fogelson illustrates what are often invisible changes to the environment.

Such changes culminate as disastrous events such as fire, flood, drought, increasingly powerful storms, and overall global warming. Images of natural spaces that include mountains, deserts, volcanoes, jungles, oceans, rivers, and forests become represented in a state of flux. By processing the film, traces such as bubbles, crystals, fingerprints, and dust are integrated into the images, bordering on abstraction.

Doug Fogelson is a Chicago-based artist and photographer. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. Fogelson’s photographs are held in notable public and private collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and the Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois, among others. His photographs have been featured by publications including ARTnews, Artforum, Photo District News, and Harper’s Magazine. Fogelson’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at venues including the Goethe-Institut in Chicago, Sasha Wolf Projects in New York, Alpineum Produzentengalerie in Lucerne, and has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Matthew Marks Gallery in New York, and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, among others. Fogelson founded and directed Front Forty Press, an independent publishing imprint, and has taught in the Photography Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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 Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

 
 Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

 
 Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

 
 Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

 
 Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

 
 Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

 
 Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

Doug Fogelson 'Chemical Alterations' (Kerber Verlag)

 
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