Iwan Baan: The Way We Live

The City and the Storm, 2012; © , Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Iwan Baan‘s name may ring a bell for all those following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation across New York City and New Jersey’s coast.  The photographer’s iconic photograph made headlines when it was featured on New York magazine’s front page days after the storm, showing lower Manhattan in complete darkness, set against its vibrant counterpart uptown, as the United States’ east coast was recovering from the extensive damage left in Sandy’s wake.  The image not only brings to mind the absolute helplessness that New York City faced during the storm, but also lends a hand in a social commentary that is notably pervasive in Baan’s work.

Starting February 20th, 2013, The Perry Rubenstein Gallery in  will feature the Baan’s work in his first, two-month exhibition entitled The Way We Live, honing in on the images that encapsulate the world of architecture, urbanism and human engagement.

More on Iwan Baan: The Way We Live after the break.

Confinanzas 1964: “Torre De David in Caracas, Venezuela” © Iwan Baan, Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

The City and the Storm, as the famous image has come to be known, will be the centerpiece of the exhibit which will feature other large-scale images from his portfolio that focus on human interaction within the built environment. Baan’s practice focuses on pinpointing elements of the landscape that people regularly interact with.  It focuses upon the elements of architecture that most architects work laboriously to evoke – moments of transition between built elements, moments that penetrate the built form to reveal human interaction and daily ritual, moments that transcend recognition as they become customary.

Mikimoto – “Mikimoto Building in Tokyo, Japan” © Iwan Baan, Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Baan’s work signals the reality of architectural practice and elements of design that are often inhibited by daily use.  It reveals the motifs of architecture and structures and reveals the way that people interact with them.  The human element is alive in these photographs as Baan uses his lens to craft moments where architecture is used as intended.

OMA CCTV: “CCTV Headquarters in Beijing China” © Iwan Baan, Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Title: Iwan Baan: The Way We Live
Opening Reception: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:00
Concludes: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:00
Venue: Perry Rubenstein Gallery
Address: 1215 N. Highland Avenue

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