Baroque Library Hall — Clementinum
, from his “Prague” series. The German artist and photographer works with large-format digital and analog cameras and uses several techniques to create powerful images. He takes numerous photos of the same vignette, setting different exposures, and layers them digitally.
“Voigt’s luminous works are quite surrealistic — perhaps hyper-realistic — in their dimension and depth,” says Theresa Escobedo, gallery assistant. “Made via long exposures with large-format cameras, the mechanics of his photography allow for his capture of light, and thus detail, far beyond what the natural eye can see.” She says that, in an era in which everybody is capturing and posting images with immediacy, it’s refreshing to see works that are so “meticulously crafted” and that they compel the viewer to “look in depth into the voluminous spaces Voigt inhabits.”
His photographs — which measure as much as eight meters in width — have captured civilization’s most historic accomplishments such as libraries, museums and temples from around the world. Works from Voigt, as well as international contemporary artists John Messinger and Sabine Pigalle, can be seen at UNIX Gallery in its “Building Space”
exhibit, part of the 2016 FotoFest Biennial.
There’s an artist talk at 6 p.m. March 17 and an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 18. Regular viewing hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through April 19. UNIX Gallery, 4411 Montrose. For information, call 713-874-1770 or visit unixgallery.com
We were blown away when we first saw Christian Voigt’s images, especially the architectural interiors that demonstrate an incredible level of detail — you can almost read the spines of the books or the longitudinal lines of the antique globe in his photograph