Serge Najjar: A Closer Look at the Ordinary January 6 — February 25, 2017

BEIRUT ARTIST SERGE NAJJAR MAKES HIS AMERICAN DEBUT AT CATHERINE EDELMAN GALLERY

 

We are excited to present A Closer Look at the Ordinary, the first solo exhibition in the USA by Beirut born photographer Serge Najjar. The show opens January 6 and runs through February 25, 2017.

 

There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The artist will be present.

 

From New York to Beijing, countless strangers dash across city streets in a constant state of frenzy, rushing to their destinations. But every now and then we see someone pause, marveling at his or her surroundings. It is this stillness that Serge Najjar seeks, with one simple guideline, “It is not about what you see but how you see it.”

 

Five years ago Najjar started photographing the interaction of people and architecture in his native Beirut. Influenced by the work of Kazimir Malevich, Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Alexander Rodchenko, Najjar took to the streets, focusing his lens on daily routines: construction workers sitting on a building ledge during lunch break, the sharp lines of a high-rise facade, a man looking out an open window, and children sitting on a windowsill. Whether working in Beirut, Munich or other places he visits, Najjar’s vision is unwavering - to show other people what they may not see themselves. As he states:

 

“There is no such thing as an ideal place to photograph, or an ideal city. Architecture inspires me, but my whole approach towards photography is to focus on what people consider as common... the people I photograph are complete strangers. I never plan where I go and what or who to shoot. My images are faithful to what I see. And every single Saturday morning I am convinced that I will never capture the picture I had the chance to capture the week before…. It is a thin line between the ugly and the beautiful, the ordinary and the extraordinary, between chaos and order.“

 

A Closer Look at the Ordinary celebrates the powerful relationship between man and architecture. Through quiet photographs, Serge Najjar creates a dialogue about city living, and the stillness that can exist, if we slow down and focus on the ordinary.

Images are pigment prints available in various sizes from 19½ x 19½" to 55 x 40" in editions of 5 + 2 APs. Prices range from $3400 to $7000.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Serge Najjar
Install Image 1, 2017

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Install Image 2, 2017

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Install Image 3, 2017

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Fly Away, 2016
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Galaxy, 2016
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Gray Square and Blues, 2015
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Grays and Wires , 2016
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Morning Shades, 2015
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Red Closed Box, 2014
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Reflected Red, 2016
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Rubik's House, 2014
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Slice of Life, 2015
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The Wave, 2016
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The Yellow Line, 2015
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Two Missing Pieces, 2015
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Walking on a Living Canvas I, 2015
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Walking on a Living Canvas II, 2015
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Wallpaper Facade I, 2015
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Wallpaper Facade II, 2015
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Zebra Facade, 2014
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