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ADC Young Gun Carlo Van de Roer Debuts Solo Exhibition

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Petra Projects is pleased to present the debut solo exhibition of Carlo Van de Roer, entitled Watermark, which opened October 20 at Mehr gallery in midtown. The New Zealand artist's collection features color photographs of abandoned, drained swimming pools from all over the globe. Watermark reveals landmarks typically associated with warmth, exuberance and life, captured in settings that depict a feeling of emptiness.


These granular C-prints evoke a sense of presence defined by absence. The resulting sensation is overwhelming for its counterintuitive nature. To draw attention to these empty pools seems contradictory, yet Van de Roer aims to show a new angle. He creates geometric contours defined by bold color palettes, highlighting the ambiguity of these "once" pools.

Van de Roer won the 2006 ADC Young Gun Award and was the overall winner of the 2007 IPN Go Indie Award. Most recently he was awarded the 2007 Pix Digital Imaging Award.

October 20 - November 24 MEHR (MIDTOWN) 436 West 18th St.
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