mo·men·tum mōˈmen(t)om [noun] the strength or force that allows something to continue or grow stronger or faster as time passes.
Founded in 2017 by Vincent Milner, Momentum is a contemporary fine art gallery dealing exclusively in fine art photography. Based in Miami Florida the gallery represents mid-career and emerging fine art photographers from around the globe. Momentum curates and produces exhibitions in both galleries and international art fairs.
With a growing list of international artists representing several continents, these artists embody a vast and varied range of contemporary styles of photography, engaging the genres of cinematic narrative, landscape, documentary, and portraiture while drawing from conceptual themes and abstraction. Their respective work explores contemporary expressions of photography as an artistic technique.
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AIPAD: The photography show 2023center 415 NYC
Ole Marius Jørgensen - All that was left was a yellow duck
The Photography Show (AIPAD) - March 31 – April 2, 2023
Brightly colored plastic inflatables punctuate the otherwise serene vistas in Ole Jørgensen’s wryly titled All that was left was a yellow duck. The Norwegian photographer’s playful series pays homage to the 19th-century Düsseldorf school painter Hans Gude (1825–1903), updated for modern times.
Jørgensen makes skilled use of the romantic landscape idiom, transforming his native rural surroundings into striking painterly compositions filled with subtle atmospheric effects. Likewise, the recurrence of solitary figures–hikers and swimmers absorbed in their activities or gazing off into the sublime distance–reveals a keen depth of understanding of the visual tradition that the series engages. Against these pristine natural expanses, small details such as a beach towel or an orange Gore-Tex jacket serve to pull the scenes forward in the present day.
The partially deflated yellow duck from which the series draws its title, along with several other animal inspired pool floats, inject a mix of humor and melancholic surrealism, as if the people in Jørgensen’s scenes are vacationers at the end of the world. In these items, we see nature supplanted and transformed into artificial and disposable commodities. While these props may be viewed as a critique on our contemporary culture, by working within the landscape genre, Jørgensen cleverly points to a potential culprit in the visual tradition that bears as much responsibility as any for turning nature into an image.
Holly Lynton - Bare Handed
The Photography Show (AIPAD) - March 31 – April 2, 2023
Momentum is pleased to present selections from Holly Lynton’s Bare Handed, a nuanced portrait of rural life in 21st-century America. The meditative portraits and landscapes, which also appear in a new monograph published this year under L'Artiere Edizioni, depict people who work directly with the land and its resources, highlighting traditional practices that have largely been replaced by modern mechanization.
To create this remarkable and varied body of work, Lynton has returned to photograph many of her subjects–including the likes of Massachusetts shade tobacco farmers, South Carolina shrimpers, Montana beaverslide haystackers, New Mexico beekeepers, and Oklahoma catfish noodlers–on an annual basis since 2007. The result is a rare portrayal of rural life that moves beyond mythology and stereotypes to reveal a dynamic cultural landscape steeped in tradition but unburdened by nostalgia.
With this series, Lynton takes on the complex legacy of American rural photography established by Dorothea Lange and the other WPA photographers in the 1930s, critically engaging with the pervasive religious tropes, such as the Madonna and Child imagery found in those images. Rather than presenting us with stories of hardship and passing folkways, however, Lynton recasts her collaborators as deeply committed to a particular way of being in the world. Many of the portraits explore an almost spiritual way of being that emerges from the practices of working directly with animals and the land to sustain oneself.
Alma Haser - Within 15 Minutes
The Photography Show (AIPAD) - March 31 – April 2, 2023
Named after the average time separating the birth of identical twins, Alma Haser’s Within 15 Minutes explores the intersection of biology and identity through photography. The artist starts by making individual portraits of identical twins, which she turns into 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles. She then merges the puzzle pieces, interweaving them until each contains half of the other in an alternating grid pattern. Since the sitters are not made to assume the exact same pose, slight misregistrations in the eyes, mouth, and torsos result in a pair of slightly diffuse, abstract portraits. The playful process results in creative composites that feel formally linked yet emanate a unique aura.
Conceptually, Haser’s twin puzzles recall other attempts to explore biological affinity through photography, reaching back to the composite portrait technique Francis Galton devised in the 1880s, through Nancy Burson’s computer-generated facial morphs dating to the start of this millennium, up through the current proliferation of generative AI technologies. Where each of those methods seek to represent visual affinities, however, Haser’s technique, despite starting from identical twins, ultimately trends in the opposite direction to emphasize difference and the specificity of the photographic image.
NEW ARTISTOsamu Yokonami
Osamu Yanomami (born 1967) Japan
Through rhythmic repetition and seriality, Osamu Yokonami explores identity and cultural homogeneity. His twin series, 1000 Children (2010-2013) and Assembly (on-going since 2010) explore conceptions of selfhood and the range of human emotions, suggesting a reflexive (and essential) congruence between individual expression and communal belonging. A related series, Assembly Snow (2015), is an extension of the original where the forces of nature and culture blur into abstraction. More recently, Osamu has undertaken a new project, after 1000 Children (2017-2018), locating girls from the initial series for side-by-side comparisons of them alongside their younger selves. Osamu Yokonami has had recent solo exhibitions in Japan and the United States, and participated in the Daegu Photo Biennial. His personal and commercial work is widely known in Japan, appearing regularly in numerous publications.
Phillips Auction London will feature the work of Ole Marius Jorgensen. Work featured will be the " Dalen" from No superhero.
‘Why not have an astronaut be my explorer?’
—Ole Marius Joergensen
For Norwegian artist Ole Marius Joergensen (b.1976), the image-making process begins with a narrative. The inspiration for his captivating series, Space Travels, was the spectacular landscape of his homeland and he chose an astronaut as his explorer. ‘Soon, it became obvious that the space suit was a symbol for discovering Norway,’ he notes, ‘for venturing into the unknown and for charting new creative territory.’ In Dalen, the first image from the series and offered here, the lone astronaut in the centre, the magnificent Lake Bandak with its reflections and the moody sky together create this stunning and surreal image. Drawing on his background in film, the artist has produced a meticulously staged, cinematic photograph that transports us to a dreamlike place. Based in Asker, Norway, Joergensen has exhibited worldwide and his monograph No. Superhero was published in 2019.
Phillips Auction London will feature the work of Ole Marius Jorgensen. Work featured will be the " The Brave one 2017 from No superhero.
Phillips Auction London and ULTIMATE provides artists, their representation and Phillips a forum for creative collaborations. Our multifaceted curation ranges from rare, museum quality works and one-off creations made exclusively for ULTIMATE to fresh works by artists debuting at auction. As this exciting programme evolves, so do our criteria for entry. If it is the first, the last, special, unique or the only chance to own it, then it just might be the ultimate...
While each work is distinctive, the one thing they all have in common is that they are not available anywhere else. From masterworks such as Helmut Newton's Panoramic Nude with Gun, 1989, realising £729,000 against an estimate of £250,000-350,000, and POLAROIDS from the Piero Bisazza Collection, a single-owner collection of unique Polaroid prints with a sell-through rate of 100%, to successful collaborations with Vogue and Calvin Klein to champion fashion photography, ULTIMATE offers something special for every collector.
Our aim is to achieve the best possible results for our consignors along with raising the profiles of our featured artists and developing their auction records on a long-term basis. ULTIMATE will continue to bring a considered and curated offering of exclusive works to the market.
PARIS PHOTO 2021OLE MARIUS JOERGENSEN, Vincent Fournier & Chou Ching hui
Paris Photo is the largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium and is held each November in the heart of Paris. Since 1997, the fair’s mission is to promote and nurture photographic creation and the galleries, publishers and artists at its source.
Momentum will exhbit online at Paris Photo viewing rooms.
This years room will feature the work of Ole Marius Joergensen (Norway) Vincent Fournier (France) & Chou Ching hui (Taiwan)
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SPACE PROJECTVINCENT FOURNIER 19 December 2019 - 16 January 2020
Fournier is a world-renowned fine art photographer based in Paris, France. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum New York, LVMH Foundation Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, and the Mori Art Museum Tokyo.
Produced over a period of a decade from 2007-2017, Fournier documents the past and future of space exploration, from the memories of the Apollo program that followed the first steps of man on the moon, to the future NASA SLS rocket destined for Mars. The photos are a deliberate mix of historical and documentarian vision of space adventure with scenes staged by cinema, and Fournier’s childhood memories as well as a journey into our future.
NEW ARTISTChing-hui Chou
Momentum is proud to partner with New Artist Ching-hui Chou (born in 1965) lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from Shih Hsin School of Journalism (now Shih Hsin University), Ching-hui Chou joined the fast-paced media industry as a photojournalist in 1988. During this time, the industry had just begun to thrive with newfound freedom of speech as a result of the lifting of multi-decade-long martial law in Taiwan. It was also at this time that Ching-hui Chou started to pursue his passion for photojournalism and embarked on several self-funded projects. Ching-hui Chou’s work since the 1990s often features in-depth depiction of specific groups of people or communities in modern society, and he believes that the storytelling aspect of fine art photography is a more effective way of presenting and annotating familiar stories in our surroundings. In all projects, Ching-hui Chou always ensures that his subjects have enough trust in him and that constant interaction is maintained. He also conducts research and investigation in advance for him to acquire sufficient understanding of topics before he presses the shutter. While inspired by social issues and events, Ching-hui Chou applies an artistic approach that seeks to interpret true stories through neartheatrical representations.
Ching-Hui explains that photography provides means for validating one’s self and existence.
KOSMIC MEMORIESNEW SERIES BY VINCENT FOURNIER
Kosmic memories" reveals extraordinary architectures, veritable totems of civilization of the future erected as so many signs of a possible elsewhere. It is not by chance that this science fiction universe was born between the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1980s, especially in the satellite and non-aligned countries of the former Russia. First of all, the obsession with the cosmos is an old tropism of the Russian imagination (Tsiolkovsky, Sputnik, Gagarin...) and with the rapprochement of the West, artistic creation frees itself from political dogmas. If all these buildings have different functions, commemorative, political, institutional, their forms testify to the same breath: the invention of a future imbued with science fiction. We can see flying saucers, space stations and a multitude of geometrical shapes from another planet. Built mostly in concrete and at the tops of stellar landscapes, a telluric power from elsewhere emerges from these monumental architectures. Their location, while often a place of memory, also coincides with dawn or dusk, with a lateral light that reinforces their strangeness. Brutalist, futuristic, utopian, mystical, esoteric beauty... between Tintin's 'Temple of the Sun' and the monolith from '2001, Space Odyssey', these sentinels embody the dream of a future that is always to come.
ARTWORK OF THE MONTH OCTOBERBEYOND A WINDING ROAD
ARTWORK OF THE MONTH SEPTEMBERVincent Fournier NASA LEH Space Shuttle Pressure helmet (Launch-Entry), used by Charlie Bolden, Johnson Space Center, Houston, [NASA], U.S.A., 2017.
ARTWORK OF THE MONTH JULYTV TOWER, BRASÍLIA, 2012 VINCENT FOURNIER
Nick Meek at the Royal Academy of ArtSummer Exhibition
Artwork of the monthJune: My Crazy Aunt: Ole Marius Joergensen
My Crazy Aunt 2019: Archival pigment print 49" x 35" Edition 1 of 3 +2AP
Out into the cold worldOle Marius Joergensen Jan 16th- Feb 13th 2020
Momentum in conjuction with the Color House presents " Out into the Cold World" an exhibtion by Ole Marius Joergensen.Ole Marius is an artist with a background in film and is best known for his meticulously staged cinematic photographs.With the use of theatrical light and vivid color juxtapositions, Ole Marius’ work emphasizes the mystery and duality of rural life in the modern world.
Ole Marius’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States, Asia, and Europe. His work can be found in private collections in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Oslo, New York, Madrid and Berlin. He is currently working on a book to be published in 2020.
ARTWORK OF THE MONTHMAY: NICK MEEK 3 BOARDERS
3 Boarders 2019 40"x 50" $4,800 - Edition 5+2 Archival print ( Framing additional)
Nick Meek is a renowned British photographer and filmmaker. Growing up in the North of England, the short summers and slate-grey winter skies inspired him to create imagery that explores the possibilities of light,colour and space.
Much of Nick’s work is set in the USA, an ideal canvas with its diverse, spectacular scenery, vast landscapes and cultures. From the sculptural majesty of Monument Valley and Yosemite’s El Capitan, to a dusty street corner in Oklahoma, he seeks to capture a feeling, the sensation and resonance of a perfectly realized moment in time.Nick’s approach leaves us with images that we can interpret in different ways. In leaving aside preconceptions and partiality in the capture, the viewer is free to create his or her own narratives.
With a background in traditional printmaking techniques, Nick always works through the process from capture to the final result. “For me,it seems totally alien to have someone else print my images as so much of the colour ideas that are conceived at capture have to be translated from memory to the final print. Even though paper and ink batches change, I subtly adjust each piece, so that every image in the edition is utterly unique.”
Eschewing the tricks of digital manipulation, Nick has maintained an organic approach to his work, ranging from large format wooden plate to hand made camera bodies combined with digital backs. The intention is always the same: to achieve something that has meaning and power.
His imagery has an idyllic, almost dreamlike quality. Light, composition and a thrilling approach to colour combining to create something very much of this world, yet unquestionably other at the same time. Through objects, people and places are grounded in what is definitively real; there is always something enigmatic and timeless at play.
ARTWORK OF THE MONTH-March -Vincent Fournier- Brasília- Facade of the National theater
A Time Capsule
My work on the city of Brasilia comes from a mixture of fascination and nostalgia for the stories and representations of the Future. Indeed, the city and capital of Brazil designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and which was built in 4 years in the middle of a desert, embodies the vision of the future of in the 1960s. The "pilot plan," Conceived in 1957 by the planner Lucio Costa, coincides with with The Beginning of the space age and the first artificial satellite of Earth: Sputnik. This was t he golden age of the space age, and the city of Brasilia, with its air of flying saucer-like architecture that seemed to have landed in the middle of nowhere, shows the nostalgia and the dream of a future frozen in time. The case is unique in its size and scope, an entire city, and by its state of conservation, the pilot plan of the city has remained unchanged because of its UNESCO World Heritage designation. Brasilia, a fossilized modernist temple in a utopian future, asserts itself as a time capsule.
I used the city as a backdrop for this series of work, one in which its own inhabitants were part of the staging . During my travels I kept coming back to the stories of Jorge Luis Borges and the strange empire whose map covers the city; (Fictions, 1946), by Dino Buzzatti and the idea of time on the run (The Desert of the Tartars, 1940), or the movie, “The Truman Show”, by Peter Weir (1988) whose hero lives in an illusion. Finally, we must also mention the breath-taking and crazy beauty of the city of Brasilia where absolutely everything is composed with the same writing: linear, precise, minimal, fluid, radical, aerial, monumental, musical…
Part of the series “Brasilia” is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (text available on the MET website) and the LVMH collection in Paris. ”
Vincent Fournier, 2019.
NEW ARTISTJacob Gils (Denmark)
Initiated by a wish to break away from controlled predefined photography I employed a distinct technique by transferring Polaroids onto Watercolor paper and a conscious dividing of the photo into multiple fields. The new take on photography let to the unique expression seen in Limit To Your Love series. I have most recently developed this series into a further exploration, using old-fashioned glass plate techniques
Movement is a series which combines a strong aesthetical point of view with meticulous attention to technical detail. As the title indicates, the series is concerned with giving shape to temporal and spatial aspects inherent in all visual experience.
Transfer series are polaroids transferred onto watercolour paper. Through this technique a particularly atmospheric and dreamy mood arises. Upon closer inspection, however, the eye begins to decode that in these works there are real places depicted, all with their special characteristics.
Paris Photo NYC presented by AIPADMomentum -POSTPONED -NEW DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
Momentum is excited to exhbit at the inaugural Paris Photo NYC 2020.
Paris Photo, the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, is happy to announce the launch of Paris Photo New York April 2-5, 2020.
Presented with the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), the new fair will create a transatlantic hub between the two historic centers for photography – Paris and New York thus forming a collective voice and international reference for the photographic medium.
The new fair will capitalize on the strength of the American photography market by expanding and diversifying the fair’s representation of international and cutting-edge galleries and invigorating the community of curators and art professionals throughout the Americas and beyond.
NEW ARTISTNick Meek (UK)
Coming from the North of England, where life can be grey and the summers short, Nick grew hungry for warmth, colour and adventure. “It made me want to explore the world and I think my photographs show more than anything else, a world full of light." Creating award-winning campaigns, Nick feels at ease both photographing stills and directing moving image. His work touches on everyone’s ability to sense and feel atmosphere. Whether it is a galloping horse in the desert, kids crossing the street, discarded shoes on a carpet or a majestic landscape, his pictures capture, not only a sense of the moment, but also the feeling.
Alone Together- Aristotle RoufanisOpening Feb 27th“The bigger the city, the lonelier we feel. It is important for people to understand that although lonely, they are not alone. Individuality does not equal to alienation.”Momentum in conjuction with the Color House, presents Alone Together by Greek Artist Aristotle Roufanis. Opening Feb 27th.Since 2016 Roufanis has been creating super-high-definition images of urban landscapes that are an intimate look into the lives of city-dwellers and their loneliness.The starting point for this project was the artist’s own experience as an expat in London a few years ago. His initial observations of people tending to feel isolated in big cities led to further research into the phenomenon of urban loneliness in modern societies. This revealed that the issue is so widespread that it is often described as an epidemic. In the US alone, rates of loneliness have doubled in the last 50 years; according to a survey, nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone or left out.London, Paris, Hong Kong, Miami, Athens: for Aristotle Roufanis, urban habitats and the loneliness of city dwellers are surprisingly the same wherever you go. By isolating only a few illuminated windows in each photo, the artist seeks to raise awareness about the epidemic of loneliness in big cities and at the same time take a positive stance about it. In his own words: “The bigger the city, the lonelier we feel. It is important for people to understand that although lonely, they are not alone. Individuality does not equal to alienation.”
Artwork of the MonthOle Marius Joergensen: Elevator music from Out into the cold world, 2019 Archival pigment print 49” x 35” in Edition 1 of 3 + 2AP $5000
Artwork of the monthThe Brave one from No Superhero by Ole Marius Joergensen
In 2014 he debuted his first major series “No Superhero,” an ode to one of his childhood heroes, and a playful series with dark undertones. Ole Marius views Superman as a metaphor for taking risks and the worry of failure. Each scene is depicted through a lens that captures childhood nostalgia with the hero as an ordinary man.
The brave one from No Superhero Artist proof #1 available. Please contact gallery for more information.
PULSE ART FAIR MIAMI BEACH DEC 5TH-8TH 2019MOMENTUM BOOTH #512 5 - 8 December 2019
Momentum at Pulse art fair (#booth 502) Miami beach Dec 5th-8th 2019. Featuring the work of Vincent Fournier and Ole Marius Joergensen.
New Photo books from Formento + FormentoContact the gallery for purchase"36" The book36 “The captivating tableaus exude a sense of tension, melancholy, and a quiet unease. Each image from Japan Diaries exists as if it were a still taken from a noir Japanese film, each solitary figure yearning for something unknown.” Glenn O’Brien wrote of the Formento’s series Japan Diaries."Hysteria" The bookHYSTERIA Images dealing with beauty and upheaval, brutality and optimism. Post World War II, a time when it seemed as if America was at the height of its power and also on the verge of spinning out of control. Issues in a world we still know and contend with today."Circumstance" The bookCIRCUMSTANCE CIRCUMSTANCE 2008-2010 These stirring, unapologetic photographs bring forward the legacy of change, economic depression and transience which has haunted America’s history. Places and characters in today’s settings as if searching for their own meaning a new definition of place, which still tips its hat in homage to the grit and dirt in which today’s America springs.