FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA.
The Paul Kopeikin Gallery is pleased to present the first West coast exhibitions by emerging New York artists Jeffrey Milstein and Ethan Levitas. Their series, Aircraft and Untitled/This is just to say will open together on November 19th and run through December 23rd, 2005. A reception will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, just west of Fairfax. For information call 323-937-0765.
Jeffrey Milstein is a New York based photographer who started at University of California Berkeley as an architect. His recent series entitled Aircraft has caught the eye of the art world, and has gained notoriety from various photography awards and publications as well as from various collectors and galleries.
His large-scale photographs are not of model airplanes nor are they retouched. His passion for this project has led Mr. Milstein to LAX where the runway meets the edge of the airport. Outside the fenced field, he waits for approaching airplanes and snaps crystal clear shots of the incoming beasts. The planes become portraits as such, all seemingly leaning in for their close-up. In the photograph, the plane stands upright and alone as if in a studio with a backdrop, taking on a new persona.
Jeffrey Milstein has won numerous awards, including the 2005 PDN award for digital photography Photo Review, APA, and Graphis. Mr. Milstein is also in collections including the Center for Photography and the George Eastman House.
Ethan Levitas is a New York based photographer distinguished for his innovative portrait series. Levitas’ photographs stretch the boundaries of traditional portraiture and frame the space between self and other. With his newest work, Untitled/This is just to say, he presents a groundbreaking view of one of America’s most infamous public places, the New York City Subway.
Untitled/This is just to say is a series of color photographs of New York City subway trains and riders. At first glance, Levitas seems to present portraits of steel subway cars, each with its own rich and textured surface, framed by a bright white background. A closer view, however, reveals a second layer: framed within the train windows are the individual portraits of the passengers. It is a New York story, born and bred, and yet the images reach beyond locality in their metaphor and relevance to the American consciousness today. Levitas is offering us a unique narrative on connection, dislocation, and identity. As Levitas has said, “this work is a portrait, not simply of people or place, but also of conversations that would and should be.”
Born and based in New York City, Levitas has lived and lectured extensively in Japan, where he published his first book of photographs, Conversations about Identity. He is a graduate of Cornell University and is the recipient of the 2005 Photo District News (PDN) Photo Annual Award, the 2005 IPA Award, the 2002 NYFA Fellowship in Photography.
University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Architecture
Aircraft: the Jet as Art, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Wash. DC, Nov 2011– Nov 2012
Cuba: On the Streets, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July 2011
Beyond Place, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, (group), December 2009 – March 2010
Looking Up, Ambient Projects, Las Vegas, NV, (group), December 2009 – March 2010
Globetrotting, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY, (group), September – November 2009
Aircraft: The Jet as Art, The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS, (solo), August – December 2008
New Typologies, New York Photo Festival, curated by Martin Parr, (group), May 2008
Aircraft: The Jet as Art, Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, (solo), February 2008
Aircraft 2, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (solo), April 2007
Aircraft, ego gallery, Barcelona, Spain, (solo), September - October 2006
Flight Plan, Morgan Lehman Gallery New York, NY, (group), 2006
Aircraft, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (2 person), 2005
Cuba, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, (solo), 2005
Best of Show, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, (group), 2005
New Photography, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland OR, (group), 2005
Work by New Means, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, (group), 2003
Terra, Pietra e Cielo, Comunita di San Leolino, Florence, Italy, (solo) 2001
Color of Light, Klienart/James Art Center Gallery, Woodstock, NY, (solo), 1999
Jeffrey Milstein Photography, Donskoj Gallery, Kingston, NY, (solo), 1997
SELECT PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS
German GQ, March 2011
Kilimanjaro Magazine, Winter 2010
BRIGHT Magazine, cover, June 2010
Libération, May 19, 2010
Cuba: Photographs by Jeffrey Milstein, hardcover monograph, Monacelli Press, April 2010
Chronogram Magazine, April 2010
The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, Sylvia Wolf, Henry Art Gallery & Prestel Press, 2010
Elle Décor, March 2010
Working Class Magazine, interview by Marcel Dagenais, March 2010
Esquire, September 2009
Photo Review, cover, fall 2009
Vision Magazine, June 2008
Wired Magazine, December 2008
Die Zeit Magazine, cover, January 2008
Creative Review, June 2007
Men’s Vogue, April 2007
Smithsonian Air And Space Magazine, September 2007
AirCraft: The Jet as Art, hardcover monograph, Abrams, May 2007
Eyemazing, 10 page portfolio, May 2007
Libération, March 2007
Esquire Russia, March 2007
European Photography, eight page portfolio, October 2006
PDN Photo Annual, May 2006
Los Angeles Times, December 22, 2005
PQ / Photography Quarterly, issue #92, 2005
PDN Digital Photography Contest, First Place, 2005
American Photography 21, 2005
Photo Review, Honorable Mention 2005
Graphis Photo Annual, 2005
photomagazin, cover and six pages, June 2004
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Bank of America Collection
Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, NY
The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Flying an airplane was one of my earliest dreams. Building and flying all the model planes I could afford, I became intimately familiar with aircraft design, and at the age of 17, I received my pilot’s license.
Heavy metal, as the wide body jets are known, is the ultimate achievement in engineering and design. While aircraft evoke many different feelings, since 9/11, no one can ever again look at a large airliner without the distant but ominous memory of how easily they were turned into weapons by a small band of terrorists. They are a symbol of how vulnerable our highly technological society has become.
In this portfolio I explore a typology of the varied cruciform shapes of jet aircraft flying precisely overhead as if frozen in space. I have decontextualized these highly detailed photographs to express the complexity and beauty of form. That these giant conglomerations of aluminum, can gracefully lift from earth is amazing. That they can return safely some hours later on another part of the globe is even more amazing. My aircraft photographs are an attempt to capture that sense of beauty and wonder but also the vulnerability that we all feel in today’s world.