Ken Ashton, Chan Chao, Jasen Falchook, Randy Wood, December 2021

This December, the works of four photographers will be on exhibition at Greenkill—Ken Ashtons, Chan Chao, Jasen Falchook, andf Randy Wood.

This December, the works of four photographers will be on exhibition at Greenkill—Ken Ashton, Chan Chao, Jasen Falchook, and Randy Wood. The exhibition, currated by Stephen Lewis, opens December 4, 5-7 PM and runds from December 6 to December 31, 2021

Exhibition hours are from 3-5:30 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. You may make special appointments by calling 347-689-2323.

Ken Ashton

Ken Ashton resides in Washington, DC, and has spent the past decade photographing neighborhoods throughout the world, with DC as a starting point. He has undertaken an encyclopedic project photographing communities along the Northeastern corridor of the US, from DC to Boston, entitled “Megalopolis.” Collections of his work include the His work is included in the collections of The Washington Post, the Library of Congress, and Fannie Mae, and has been. He has exhibited in the Washington DC area, nationally, and internationally.

Chan Chao

Chan Chao was born in Kalemyo, Burma.  He has published three photography books, “Burma: Something Went Wrong”,“Letter form PLF” and “Echo”. He has an upcoming publication titled “Two Places on Earth”, due out in January. Chao’s Burma portraits were featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. His photographs has been exhibited at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, NY, G Fine Art in Washington DC and Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Chao’s photographs are in the permanent collection of major museums across the US, including Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The National Gallery of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Huston Museum of Fine Art, L. A. County Museum of Art and The Denver Art Museum.

Chao has been commisioned by Children’s Hospital to produce limited sets of portofolio titled “Reflections”, a photographic tribute to the power of philanthropy at Children’s National.

Two Places on Earthis based on the idea of open society. Taking a cue from August Sander’s approach to photographing the Germans in the early 1900’s, I set out to make portraits of global citizens to acknowledge how beautiful the concept of open society can be. But not in a utopian “Olympic Village” sort of way. This five-year project consists of Greek Cypriot soldiers and multinational UN peacekeepers in Cyprus, who monitor the buffer zone that separate Turkish North from Greek South. Along with them in the series are Peruvian inmates in Lima,with their foreign cellmates, all incarcerated for smuggling cocaine out of South America into Europe, North America and Asia. There are 15 nationalities represented in the series. Their lives are shaped by both personal choices as well as global forces. My intention is to blur all lines that outwardly define cultural differences. It wasmeant to reinforce an idea that when our globe contracts, we move past nationalities and toward humanity, albeit an imperfect one.

The goal with the series is to emphasize subject’s dignity and make portrait with restraint and quiet tenor. To present subjects as individuals that viewers can relate with. This approach in making portrait is both respectful to the subjects and personal to me as an artist. A light touch represents an honest voice and a quiet tone bring beauty. I’ve never been comfortable adding noise to a situation, but I do want to shed light. The aesthetic choices are shaped by my Eastern upbringing — to be quiet but present. I hope the subject’s honesty brings us to a point of self-examination, on both a human and a global level.

Jason Falchook

Jason Falchook is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His photographs examine how we organize, live with, and experience the built environment. Falchook's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art & Design. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences, the US State Department and numerous private collections. His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Katonah Museum of Art and The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Randy Wood

Randy Wood Artist’s Statement Not only do I think that life is hard but also that it is beautiful. My street photography illustrates that life is colorful, gritty, layered, and funny. Light, color, form, reflections and shape are what generally catch my eye. People often ask about my photographs, “What is it? Which way is up? Where did you see that? How’d he do that? What is that?” which sound to me like questions people also ask about life. My message is to focus on the little things in life to find the beauty, the humor, the color, the complexity, the contrast, and the simple things.