APRIL 29-AUGUST 10, 2008
Trevor Appleson brings a unique approach to photography by providing an antidote to the artificiality of the studio. To create his photographs, Appleson sets up an open-air studio with a simple black screen, working with natural sunlight at dawn or dusk. His photographs that were exhibited at MCA Denver consist of images of the popular sensational entertainment called "Lucha Libre" and of still lifes. In Appleson's first exhibition, Mexican wrestlers (luchadores) and common objects portrayed a familiar yet unusual side of Mexico City. Appleson invites his subjects' active participation to make the work immediate and authentic. This series was on view for the first time in the US at MCA Denver.
Trevor Appleson was born in Canada in 1968 and currently lives and works in London, UK. He is a self-taught photographer and has recently exhibited at Artrock, Rockefeller Centre, New York and The Jerwood Foundation, London, UK. Appleson has carried out projects and commissions in Mexico City, Mexico; Rome, Italy and Tel Aviv, Israel.
image: Trevor Appleson, Death at Sunset (Pig) (detail), 2007, C-print, 49 1/2 x 62 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery, London.