This Week Cavalier Galleries To Host Mark Kornbluth’s DARK Exhibition

This Week Cavalier Galleries To Host Mark Kornbluth’s DARK Exhibition

Mark S. Kornbluth, Lunt-Fontanne, Ed. of 10, 2020 Dye sublimated on aluminum, 48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)

In 2020 when Broadway theatres, like most non-essential businesses, closed their doors to abide by the shelter in place order issued due to the covid-19 pandemic. In spite of the struggles, Mark S. Kornbluth wanted to document this rare occurrence of silence in the Manhattan’s streets.

His record of this time can finally be seen on Thursday March 2nd, 2023. Cavalier Galleries will be opening the latest solo exhibition by Kornbluth, entitled DARK. Uniquely, DARK is a collection of dually haunting and serene shots of New York City.

Specifically, his work in the performance arts led him to center this collection on theatre buildings. Notably, Kornbluth has spent upwards of ten years in the theatrical arts and continues to show his passion with his photography. In his own words Kornbluth is,

“…Deeply curious about the relationships between objects, and how emotions are rooted in time and place.”

This most recent instance served as an opportunity for the artist to peer into why these buildings serve such importance to the performance artists, New Yorkers, and many more. Emphatically, the images contain no people in them making a striking contrast to how we would normally view New York City or a theatre.

Mark S. Kornbluth, Booth, Ed. of 10 Dye sublimated on aluminum, 48 x 70 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm)

Furthermore, Kornbluth hopes to create a powerful shared experience. To illustrate further, he even says,

“Despite the sudden and lasting emptiness that the pandemic gave rise to, I discovered a delightful tension, a sense of Broadway waiting for the promise of renewal.”

The Photographs

The series is a collection of large format photographs of dozens of exteriors, including; the Ambassador, Barrymore, Booth, Eugene O’Neil, Imperial, Lunt Fontaine, Lyric, Music Box, New Victory, and Richard Rodgers Theatres. The photos were taken digitally.

Mark S. Kornbluth, Music Box 2, Ed. of 10, 2020 Dye sublimated on aluminum, 68 x 48 in. (86.4 x 61 cm)

About his collection Kornbluth has said,

“I love the way that the ambient light at night, the billboards and streets became my studio lights, illuminating the grandeur that has always been, and remains unique to New York City.”

Time has passed since the height of pandemic and the myriad of social stressors that came with it and laid over the world at large like a lead blanket. The effects of those times still persist, and the bizarre nature of that period is perfectly captured in Kornbluth’s images. Get tickets to the event below, where Kornbluth will also be making an appearance on opening night from 6pm to 8pm.

All Images Provided Via: Cavalier Galleries

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