Bryan Graf: Telepathic Jungle

26 May - 8 July 2022
  • Yancey Richardson is pleased to present Telepathic Jungle, Bryan Graf’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. In his latest work, Graf continues his exploration and interpretation of place and memory through experimental, process-driven photographs. The interplay between the experience of a place, its emotional impact, and the psychological interpretation of that place remains a driving force. Throughout Telepathic Jungle, Graf conjures a sensorial view of nature and explores the effects time, memory, and place have on our consciousness.

  • Utilizing a myriad of approaches, including multiple exposures or manipulating the film by hand during development, Graf simultaneously describes the real world while conjuring a state of mind. To create Telepathic Jungle I and II, Graf placed a 57 x 43 inch digitally printed negative onto a sheet of color darkroom paper, exposing it to a camera flash from various angles while using color gel filters to create a mixture of tones. He then developed the paper by suspending it from a clothesline and pouring developer on it. The final print, depicting the luxuriant drapery of plants that bloom across from his studio, retains clues to the physical process by which the work was made, while evoking the memories or daydreams conjured by the so-called “jungle” – a coming together of mind and body.

  • “The Telepathic Jungle is a landscape of representations, experiences, and sensory perceptions that are filtered through a phenomenology of photography....Telepathy...

    “The Telepathic Jungle is a landscape of representations, experiences, and sensory perceptions that are filtered through a phenomenology of photography....Telepathy in this sense refers to the communication we have with these photographs; conjuring ideas, sensations and content in our mind and body while being in their presence.” – Bryan Graf

    • Bryan Graf Mirrored Path (Slowly panning), 2016 Archival pigment print 40 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches Edition of 5
      Bryan Graf
      Mirrored Path (Slowly panning), 2016
      Archival pigment print
      40 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches
      Edition of 5
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    • Bryan Graf Self Portrait (North Carribean Time Travel), 2021 Archival pigment print 20 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches Edition of 5
      Bryan Graf
      Self Portrait (North Carribean Time Travel), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      20 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches
      Edition of 5
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    • Bryan Graf Hallucination 2 (Endless Summer), 2018 Archival pigment print 40 1/2 x 51 1/2 inches Edition of 5
      Bryan Graf
      Hallucination 2 (Endless Summer), 2018
      Archival pigment print
      40 1/2 x 51 1/2 inches
      Edition of 5
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    • Bryan Graf Hallucination 1 (Endless Summer), 2018 Archival pigment print 40 x 50 inches Edition of 5
      Bryan Graf
      Hallucination 1 (Endless Summer), 2018
      Archival pigment print
      40 x 50 inches
      Edition of 5
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  • Four photographs from Graf’s extended Hallucination series convey a similar sense of rapture. Placing colored gels over the lens of his 4 x 5 camera, Graf made multiple exposures over the course of a summer’s day, recording the canopy of Wysteria that has grown in his family’s garden since his birth, a motif in his work since 2012. Graf describes the Hallucination images as “the chromatic vapor of memory...these stand as testaments to the layered sensations of being engulfed in that canopy, which still feels as magical and sublime as when I was a kid.” 

    • Bryan Graf Hallucination 7, 2021 Archival pigment print 40 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches Edition of 5
      Bryan Graf
      Hallucination 7, 2021
      Archival pigment print
      40 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches
      Edition of 5
    • Bryan Graf Hallucination 23 (Endless Summer), 2021 Archival pigment print 40 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches Edition of 5
      Bryan Graf
      Hallucination 23 (Endless Summer), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      40 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches
      Edition of 5
    • Bryan Graf Wildcat, 2018 Archival pigment print 27 3/4 x 36 1/2 inches Edition of 5
      Bryan Graf
      Wildcat, 2018
      Archival pigment print
      27 3/4 x 36 1/2 inches
      Edition of 5
    • Bryan Graf Morning Glory Flower Tower (conversations with my father), 2018-22 Archival pigment print 28 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches Edition of 5
      Bryan Graf
      Morning Glory Flower Tower (conversations with my father), 2018-22
      Archival pigment print
      28 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches
      Edition of 5
  • Morning Glory Flower Tower (conversation with my father)2018- 22 is a momento of an ongoing nonverbal exchange of plant and garden images between Graf and his father. Here Graf has distilled and amplified the image’s simplest parts, removing the flowers from their original context and placing them on an orange field pulled from the color of the sunset in the background of the original image.

  • Telepathic Jungle 1, 2022. Unique chromogenic photogram, 70 7/8 x 48 1/2 inches.

    Telepathic Jungle 1, 2022. Unique chromogenic photogram, 70 7/8 x 48 1/2 inches.

  • Born in 1982, Bryan Graf lives and works in Irondequoit, NY. He received an MFA from Yale University in 2008 and a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in 2005. His work has been exhibited at Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; and DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Graf was the 2015 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He is the subject of several monographs: Wildlife Analysis (Conveyor Arts, 2013); Moving Across the Interior (ICA@MECA, t2014); Prismatic Tracks (Conveyor Arts, 2014); Broken Lattice (Conveyor Arts, 2015); and Debris of the Days (Conveyor Arts, 2018).