LA NY – JEFFREY MIELSTEIN’S URBAN GEOMETRIES

Even those who know New York very well will be surprised by the new looks and prespectives offered by Jeffrey Milsteins latest series NY LA. Presented at Bonni Benrubi Gallery New York the bird-eye views taken from a helicopter at an altitude of 1,000 – 2,000 feet show a different kind of beauty of the big apple.

Applied not only to New York but also to Los Angeles the concept of coosing distance that is just far enough to carve out the geometry of the urban streetscape, invisible from the ground, emerges into surprising, elegant patterns, as in the Masonic-inspired layout of the Park La Brea housing development in Los Angeles.

Yet the distance is again for the scenes retaining a human feel, like the claustrophobia of tiny rectangular houses squeezed next to each other in virtually treeless grids. The images suggest that however chaotic or inscrutable modern life might appear, it is tied to age-old patterns that guide in ways we don’t immediately perceive, but which nevertheless guide us through our daily routines.

Jeffrey Milstein captures these cities using high-resolution camera equipment from the open door of a helicopter, this way he returns in some way to one of his earlier series that has become iconic: „Airplanes“ – images of planes in flight photographed from directly below. His LA NY suite of photographs now reverses this perspective and probes the visual means and effects of distance.

LA – NY
JEFFREY MILSTEIN
BONNI BENRUBI GALLERY
Through 22 August 2015
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