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Phantom Limb

  • Esther Klein Gallery 3600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Danielle Ezzo
Sophie Kahn
Zach Nader

Curated by Danielle Ezzo

Phantom Limb is the new prothesis. It draws attention to the evolving post-digital landscape in relationship to the self. How do we define ourselves physically, socially, or psychologically through the immaterial medium of digital technology? How do those technologies express themselves in the real world? The trace of these imperfect processes is the common thread between these artists. Beginning with photographic technology, they inspect the artifacts of the human form. The imperfection and fragility of both body and tool have a strange symbiotic connection.


Danielle Ezzo navigates the photographic medium with a discursive interest in the "edges" of photography and it’s relationship to the historical, technological and the ever-growing “new aesthetic” and how it meets the human form. Her practice involves connecting the visceral, optical and conceptual relationships with one another by creating a new visual taxonomy for looking at the figure through a post photographic lens.

She has received praise from Rayko Photo Center (SF), Soho Photo (NY), and included in publications at the Tate, BKN Magazine, and Lenscratch. Her work has been internationally exhibited in New
York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Russia, among others. She recently lectured at the academic conference HISTART’14 in Istanbul, Turkey and is published in The New Inquiry. She is a MFA
graduate at Lesley University College of Art & Design (LUCAD). She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Sophie Kahn's work owes its fragmented aesthetic to the interaction of new and old media, or the digital and the analog. She combines cutting-edge technology, like 3d laser scanning and 3d printing, with ancient bronze casting techniques. She create sculptures and videos that resemble de-constructed monuments or memorials. They engage questions of time, history, vision, identity and the body.
They also speak to the impossibility of ever capturing more than a trace of the past, or of a living, breathing body, despite our grandest efforts to fix it in place. This concern with the instability of memory and representation is the common thread that weaves together the ancient and futuristic aspects of my work.

Sophie is a Brooklyn based Australian digital artist. She earned a BA (Hons) in Fine Art/History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London; a Graduate Certificate in Spatial
Information Architecture from RMIT University, Melbourne; and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Beijing. Sophie has taught in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute as a Visiting Associate Professor, and at Columbia College, Chicago, as a visiting instructor. She has recently completed residencies at the NARS Foundation and at the Museum of Arts and Design, both in New York City. Sophie is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Digital and Electronic Arts Fellow.

Zach Nader is a Brooklyn-based artist conducting image-based experiments drawn from the possibilities of contemporary image editing software coupled with the fluidity of pictorial representation. His reworking of existing photographic imagery has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including a recent month-long nightly video installation on 23 electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks as part of Midnight Moment in Times Square. Zach also cofounded
the collaborative artist project useful pictures, which highlights the work of artists who actively complicate the photographic alongside a culture of instant and global image sharing. Zach is represented by Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

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