7 September – 20 October: An Iconography of Chance: 50 Photographs of the Evanescent South by Tav Falvo (photographs)
HOK Gallery is proud to be haunted by the ghosts, specters and an ever-vanishing iconography of signs, fetishes and gestures from America’s South. Captured in black & white photographs by self-confessed outsider-looking-in, Tav Falco of the avant-garde rockabilly band Panther Burns.
With his Panther Burns, Tav Falco has been scorching a wild trail across the world ever since their devastatingly primitive debut album Behind the Magnolia Curtain in 1981. A little earlier, Tav Falco’s name first came to the international musical and artistic connoisseurs’ eye with a mystery mentioning among the credits on the sleeve of Alex Chilton’s 1980 album Like Flies On Sherbert. The caption read: “Titleing: Gustavo Falco” and had him in excellent professional company, for it directly followed William Eggleston’s credits for “Photography/Video”. Not that Tav Falco in any way followed in Eggleston’s footsteps by exploring color photography as an artistic medium. With Tav Falco it’s all black & white. Even when venturing into movie making, with his 2017 feature film Urania Descending, black and white to him is the only possibility. “Color would have killed it.” The same goes for his photographs.
50 PHOTOGRAPHS: An Iconography Of Chance is a psycho-iconography of the gothic South in pictures with captioned intertext of the urban specters, rural fables and visual clichés that have made the American south a netherworld of dreams and a necropolis of terrors.
The exhibition consists of 50 black & white gelatin prints 30 cm x 40 cm struck from the original negatives. The exhibition is reflected in book form published by Elsinore Press in 2016 entitled, 99 PHOTOGRAPHS: An Iconography Of Chance.
Illumination of darkness is the only perfection. But bourgeois realism is not the issue here. It is an expression of delirium that Tav Falco is after.
During the artist talk Tav Falco read his Manifesto: Photographing in the South by TAV FALCO
This manifesto can be found in the limited edition booklet (order online or get your copy at HOK gallery) or read the manifesto here: See more
Works on the wall
We have a selection of 9 photographs framed and showing in HOK gallery at the moment.
All photographs can be ordered as black & white gelatin prints 30 cm x 40 cm struck from the original negatives.
Prices are: €265 and framed: €350
Photographs will be exclusively handprinted by BUTZLAB Fotolabor, Hamburg.
Works in stock
All works in the series: An Iconography of Chance: 50 Photographs of the Evanescent South by Tav Falvo and others are all available for purchase through HOK gallery. Prices as shown above.