The primary objective of photographer Ari Gabel, Ohio-born and raised, is to document the vanishing faces and stories of anonymous individuals across America. His unconventional compositions breathe fresh air into the documentary tradition via an aesthetic awareness that unites a disparate range of imagery. Ethereally-lit garages enshrouded in mist perfectly complement seemingly candid portraits, with the outdoors as the common denominator that ties this diverse body of work together. Gabel’s method fuses a research element with sheer instinct, allowing him to explore the environment around him and to establish a common understanding of the land. This approach also accounts for the refreshingly impromptu feel of his photographs, as does his fondness for the analogue camera, which he employs not for its novelty value in the digital age, but for its capacity to form a closer connection with his subjects. www.arigabel.com.
Brighton Festival: 3-25 May
The Brighton Festival will run for three weeks and is set to feature an abundance of exciting and innovative work across the disciplines. The festival will include a range of works, from Russian theatre to contemporary dance.
Co-commissioned by National Museum Cardiff and Artes Mundi, Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Sky in a Room takes place over a five-week period.
Murray Fredericks: Recent Works, Hamiltons Galleries
For his latest series Australian photographer, Murray Fredericks, travelled alone with a bicycle and trailer, carrying his large format camera and supplies to capture an area of Southern Australia in severe weather conditions; taking a physical and mental toll in order to collect the perfect frames.