Todd Eberle, American (1963 - )

 Todd Eberle was born in Cleveland, OH in 1963. Eberle first came to prominence in the early 1990s with his iconic photographs inspired by Donald Judd – the works he produced and the place that inspired him, Marfa, TX. This recognition allowed him an easy transition into editorial photography. His current status as photographer-at-large for Vanity Fair, has allowed him the opportunity to photograph high profile personalities in every field, while at the same time, giving Eberle the freedom to mount exhibitions in museums and fine art galleries. His one-man show, Architectural Abstractions, first installed at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (which then traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago), emphasizes Eberle's ability to see the subtly in architecture, but also highlight structural details like ceiling grids or other patterns that one might not notice at first glance.

Along with a large editorial resume, Eberle has exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Todd Eberle's 2007 exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, will be his first with the gallery.

Todd Eberle's most recent photographic series breaks away from de Mare's fundamental framework, proposing fresh ways of seeing, thinking about, and interpreting architecture. His radically cropped, totally flat representations of interior surfaces transform the figurative into the abstract. His ostensible subject matter in each picture, which we can ascertain only from the title, is secondary to the work's visual construction as a modular, repetitively patterned surface--most often an interior ceiling plane.

The artist's framed views of ceilings demonstrate the shared roots of 20th-century modern architecture, Minimalism, and conceptual art. The beauty of the architects' designs, through Eberle's lens, lies in the repetition of formal elements. Illuminated by an indirect light source, these abstracted views can create the effect of a radiating light box with none of the usual visual cues that describe a building's boundaries, structure, texture, or materials.

Eberle, who is best known for his pictures of Donald Judd's artwork and buildings in Marfa, Texas, started his career taking photographs of such noted artists and architects as Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson, Brice Marden, and Agnes Martin. He then expanded into architectural and fashion photography. This presentation of his work comprises 12 large-format (60 x 45 in.)
photographs, and highlights include the ceiling outside an elevator bank at Gordon Bunshaft's Lever House, New York (2002); an elevator cab at Chicago's Lake Shore Drive apartments by Mies van der Rohe (2002); and a Frank Lloyd Wright ceiling at Unity Temple in Oak Park (2002).

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