Architect and photographer Gerard Smulevich attempts to identify photographic instances that express disarray, vulnerability and dysfunction, while potentially offering a means to understanding the substantive qualities underlying our urban landscapes.
His selective use of the photographic frame excludes, collapses, compresses and captures instances taken from the infinite accidents found in existing urban landscapes. The result is an alternative reality distilled through a controlled, precise optical distortion provided by a camera lens. Through this willful omission of everything excluded from the framed view, qualities and conditions that would have otherwise lain hidden from the un-filtered human eye are revealed; reality is optically reverse-engineered into suggestive ideas about our built and un-built environments.
Based in Los Angeles, he has had several solo and collective exhibitions of his photography, including solo shows in Atlanta, Rhode Island and Los Angeles as well as collective shows in Berlin and Los Angeles. As a close collaborator of master photographer Julius Shulman, Gerard has developed a critical position on urban photography rooted in an interest for urban form and its meaning. His photographic portrait of Julius Shulman has been extensively published and included in a three-volume book “Modernism Rediscovered, the Photography of Julius Shulman”, edited by Benedikt Taschen and published by Taschen Publications (2008). He was also the photographer for the book and exhibition “How Many Billboards; Art Instead” edited by Peter Noever, Director of the MAK Museum/Vienna
Gerard Smulevich is a Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University in Burbank, California and a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Design (FADU) of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.