Serge Najjar: A Closer Look at the Ordinary


Friday, Jan 6 - Feb 25, 2017

  • Exhibitions
  • Location
    Catherine Edelman Gallery
    River North
    300 W. Superior
    Lower Level
    Chicago, IL 60654
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    Catherine Edelman Gallery presents Beirut artist Serge Najjar's American debut. 

    A Closer Look at the Ordinary, the first solo exhibition in the USA by Beirut born photographer Serge Najjar, opens January 6 and runs through February 25, 2017. 

    There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 6 from 5-8pm. The artist will be in attendance.

    From New York to Beijing, countless strangers dash across city streets in a constant state of frenzy, rushing to their destinations. But every now and then we see someone pause, marveling at his or her surroundings. It is this stillness that Serge Najjar seeks, with one simple guideline, “It is not about what you see but how you see it.”

    Five years ago Najjar started photographing the interaction of people and architecture in his native Beirut. Influenced by the work of Kazimir Malevich, Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Alexander Rodchenko, Najjar took to the streets, focusing his lens on daily routines: construction workers sitting on a building ledge during lunch break, the sharp lines of a high-rise facade, a man looking out an open window, and children sitting on a windowsill. Whether working in Beirut, Munich or other places he visits, Najjar’s vision is unwavering - to show other people what they may not see themselves.

    Top image: Serge Najjar, The Wave, 2016; From the A Closer Look at the Ordinary series , 39 x 39" pigment print, Edition of 5 + 2 APs