Mitchel Gray: Bodies in Action
Curated by Robert Curcio
Elga Wimmer PCC
August 10 to September 9, 2016
526 West 26 Street, #310 NY NY 10001
Reception: Wednesday, August 10; 6-8pm Benefiting the Heart & Soul Fund, and sponsored by Visa Imports Ltd. and Pitopia
Gallery Open: Tuesday – Friday, 12-6pm
Prints by Duggal Visual Solutions
Chelsea Art District, New York City:
curcioprojects is pleased to present Mitchel Gray’s Bodies in Action exhibition from August 10 to September 9, 2016. Curated by Robert Curcio, each of the 20 photographs in the exhibit dramatically captures and extenuates the physicality through the athlete’s musculature and action packed images. Seeing beyond the image, Gray seizes upon the subtle sense of grace, determination and dignity that make a champion.
The current and previous Olympians and professional athletes, include: Bryan Braman, Philadelphia Eagles; Brian Ceballo, Golden Gloves Champion boxer; KK Clark, US Olympic Water Polo; Nate Ebner, New England Patriots and US Olympic Rugby; Adeline Gray, three time and current World Champion and Olympic Wrestler; Rufus Johnson, New England Patriots; Nicole Ross, US Olympic Fencer; and Soren Thompson, two time US Olympic Fencer.
Begun in 2014, Bodies in Action is an ongoing series that Gray says “I wanted to reveal what is going on under all the uniforms, padding, helmets, etc of these spectacular, athletic bodies while they are doing what they do best. “
What makes these photographs unique beyond a standard portrait, is that many of the photographs are a double portrait, it is actually the same athlete – one on offense, the other on defense. Making these a “first” in sports photography; there is no opponent, they are in contest with themselves.
Recently Gray’s photographs of Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr were included in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gray has been a photographer for 35 years, and videographer and author of two best-selling books, The Lingerie Book and Lingerie Fantasies (St. Martins Press). He has photographed over 60 magazine covers with images appearing in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health Muscle, Muscle & Fitness, Runners World, Bicycling, Fitness, and The Sporting News.
Special acknowledgement to Silver Model Agency, the United States Olympic Committee and the New York Athletic Club.
For exhibition information and sales inquiries, contact Robert Curcio at 646.220.2557 or [email protected]
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