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NEW YORK CITY — Robert Mann Gallery presents “Elijah Gowin: Of Falling & Floating,” on view May 17–June 30. An opening reception for the artist will be Thursday, May 17, from 6 to 8 pm.

“Of Falling & Floating” presents two chapters in Elijah Gowin’s newest series of images. The photographs in this exhibition raise questions of doubt and faith in our increasingly polarized society. Gowin’s subjects are pictured drifting in water or falling through the air, either accepting what is happening to them with grace or reacting instead with panic. A sense of anxiety and mystery pervades the images — who are these people, in what rituals are they engaged, and what led them to these transformative moments?

Throughout the series, a multitude of dramas is played out against the backdrop of the natural world:  leafy trees, shallow water and expanses of open sky. As a whole, the series reflects the breadth of human emotion — fear and joy, anger and peace — and expresses the artist’s search for inner balance during a time of global uncertainty.

The images in “Of Falling & Floating” are created by the artist using a process that combines painstaking handcrafted techniques with the latest digital imagery technology. Gowin collects amateur photographs through the Internet and collages them in multiple layers before printing small paper negatives that are cut by hand and then scanned, causing the paper fibers to become a part of the final distressed image. The photographs appear to be both old and new, confusing to the eye and yet hauntingly familiar.

Gowin was born in 1967 in Dayton, Ohio. He received an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 1996 and is on the faculty at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He has exhibited internationally, including a previous exhibition at Robert Mann Gallery entitled “Hymnal of Dreams,” 2001.

Robert Mann Gallery is at 210 Eleventh Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets, tenth floor For more information, www.robertmann.com or 212-989-7600.

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