You can’t always control the look of your environment, but you can control the way you see it.
The CLOSER Project was created to bring awareness to this choice, and to offer that a simple shift of focus can be liberating.
The Project offers an abstract look at the undiscovered beauty of our streets and sidewalks, from scrawls on walls to street lane stains.
A bold display of color and form to prove that... The museum may be right where you're standing.
All of the photographs are close-ups of things found simply as they existed on byways and buildings. Nothing was staged.
CLOSER collections were developed in NYC, San Diego, LA, Mexico, and Florence, receiving international recognition.
The work is currently on view at Alp Galleries in Frankfurt, Germany.
A CLOSER NY was chosen to represent Metromedia Technologies’ Outdoor and the Arts Program; garnered the support of former Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer; received special feature by Fourth Arts Block in the form of scaffolding space; and was awarded billboard space around the city as part of Clear Channel Outdoor’s Local Spirit campaign.
HOW IT WAS SHOT
The CLOSER Project was shot over the course of a decade, entirely on film, and largely on Kodachrome. The now extinct celebrity among color slide films, Kodachrome is non-substantive; its emulsion layers are thinner and less light is scattered upon exposure, meaning that the film can record an image with more brightness, sharpness, and vibrant color values than substantive films can. It made for the perfect partner in capturing the CLOSER collection, and the extinction of this film adds to its unique value.
A short film made about the project by filmmakers Nathalie Michel and Joe Nardelli, entitled “Sherry Mills on ArtUP”, won entry into the HollyShorts Film Festival. RIP Joe… your belief in my vision is a forever gift.
“Sherry Mills’ close-up photographs of accumulated waste/paint on New York City streets, look incredibly like studied abstract paintings.”
- Daria Brit Shapiro, Curator for SCOPE International Art Fair
“Sherry's art is a real gift. She shows us how paying close attention to detail can enrich our daily lives. Once understood, our normal vision can be transformed permanently.”
- George Bisacca, Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Sherry’s work becomes, rather than an extraction of abstract forms from city streets and walls, imagery that evokes the true wonder of New York: the fact that countless cultures and classes collide and blend, ultimately enriching the entire fabric of New York’s humanity.”
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