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Garie Waltzer, Istanbul / Street, Carbon pigmented inks on rag paper, 2007,
Edition 5/15, Signed recto.
The photographs in Living City examine the contemporary cultural landscape of urban spaces, places made and lived in over time. They document the nature of urbanism in details of commerce, recreation and social history, in cities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Using elevated vantage points and deep vistas, the images reveal spatial and temporal connections not visible at pedestrian level. Filled with intimate details of street life while sharing a view of the gestalt, they examine the structures, collective narrative, and temporal multiplicity of urban space. Elements of architecture, infrastructure, signage, and occupation are rendered with a specificity of detail that is abundant, embedded, and particular to its culture and time. When the images are printed large, one can scrutinize the rich complexity of urban space, allowing for a deeper appreciation of the layered and living spirit of the cities we inhabit. Images included here were made in Shanghai, Istanbul, New York, and Miami.
Garie Waltzer was born in New York City and received her BFA in painting and MFA in photography from State University of New York, Buffalo. She is a recipient of numerous artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, including the 2011 Ohio Arts Council Award for Excellence in Photography, and most recently, the 2012 Cleveland Arts Prize in the Visual Arts. Waltzer developed the photography program at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Community College where she chaired the department and taught for many years.
Waltzer’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Robert B. Menschel Media Center/LightWork; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; The Cleveland Foundation; The George Gund Foundation; McKinsey Corporation; Progressive Insurance; Xerox Corporation; and many other corporate and private collections. Recent endeavors include a commissioned project by the George Gund Foundation; fellowship residencies at Light Work in Syracuse, NY and Vermont Studio Center; inclusion in Light Work’s Fine Print program and publication in Contact Sheet 2008; commissions from The Cultural Landscape Foundation and American Photo magazine for the traveling exhibition Landslide 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include Living City at the Cabaleiro de Meuser Art School + Atelier in Singapore, and an upcoming exhibit at Picture This in Hong Kong in October 2012.
Garie’s home base is Cleveland, Ohio.