May 15 – July 11, 2014
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of color photographs by Mexican-born, British-American artist Sze Tsung Leong from his series Horizons. The exhibition will open on Thursday, May 15 and close on Friday, July 11, with an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This will be the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.
Sze Tsung Leong’s Horizons is his vast and unique picture of the world. Composed of broad, encompassing photographs of this planet’s diverse terrains, this series is connected by a common horizon line to form a continuous landscape that suggests an unfurled, and potentially limitless, view of the globe’s surface. Collectively, these images expand our range of vision by transcending familiar boundaries and forming unexpected relationships: Kenya’s open savannah extends into the tidal basins of northern France, a desert development in California continues as a pasture in Flanders, while the salt flats of Bolivia expands into Japan’s Ise Bay.
Mr. Leong began Horizons in 2001 and exhibited the series at the gallery for the first time in 2008. The upcoming exhibition presents more than a decade of work, including new images that depict widespread locations, such as La Habana, Cuba; Cádiz, Spain; Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium; Tsavo West, Kenya; and Odoi, Japan. The exhibition consists of 29 analog chromogenic prints arranged in a sequence by the artist and is the first significant presentation of the larger edition size, measuring 28″ × 48″.
The exhibition coincides with the release of the monograph, Horizons, published by Hatje Cantz. The 160-page book contains 144 images along with essays by Leong; essayist and novelist, Pico Iyer; Director of the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Duncan Forbes; former Head of the Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Charlotte Cotton; and a conversation between the artist and Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography, Joshua Chuang. As Mr. Iyer writes in his essay “Jerusalem Athens Alexandria Unreal”:
Sze Tsung Leong takes the fractures and disruptions of our post-modern floating world and weaves them into a seamless flow in which distances dissolve, history fades away and we are asked what to make of the often disembodied sense of unearthliness that result.
Major installations of Horizons have been exhibited at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Herzliya Museum in Israel and at a solo show at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey in Mexico.
Sze Tsung Leong's work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, among others. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and his series of photographs, History Images, was published by Steidl in 2006. The artist is based in New York and Los Angeles.