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Cigarette Filter, 2011, C-Print colorgram, 20 in x 16 in / 51cm x 41cm, Edition of 2 + 1AP
Installation view
Installation view

Pia Howell

Cool Ranch

June 10, 2011 - July 10, 2011

Opening June 10, 2011. 6-9pm

Golden Age is pleased to announce Cool Ranch, Pia Howell’s first solo exhibition. Howell uses a camera-less process to create photographs by manipulating raw, color-filtered light in a darkroom with stencils and transparencies. The resulting images have an austere simplicity recalling the iconography of logos and symbols.

These photographic works stem from an interest in mass produced and object specific patterns. Formally beautiful, yet anonymous, these seemingly familiar images simultaneously identify as fresh and classic. Working in the tradition of abstract photography, Howell’s colorgrams are not representative of reality—there is no photographic negative and no person, event or place to be captured—instead they point to the vastness of time itself.


Pia Howell (b. 1986, Kansas City, MO) has previously exhibited at Art Since the Summer of 69’, New York; and Golden Age, Chicago among others. She received a B.A. from Columbia University, New York, NY in 2008. She lives and works in New York, NY.