Jesse Untracht-Oakner: Trees


THURS - MARCH 17 - 7PM-late
Opening for TREES: Photography by Jesse Untracht-Oakner
Art Opening is Free, Access to Performances is $6
Performances by unsay and Sick Din
Live bands: Heavy Birds, Dead Sexy Sheila
DJs: Tony Prins (Savants) & Johnny Scuotto (One Prayer One Sin)

These photographs isolate the object - caught in the stare of the flash, they stand plainly in sight, solid and naked. 
These objects are trees, standing in the forest, or alone. 
These trees are pines, they are weed nuggets, they are garbage cans and cemented stumps, they are wallpaper and plastic, they are existential objects.
We present them together, a silent poem, an implied joke. 
We celebrate their beauty.
We throw them a party.
2 performances, 2 bands, 2 DJs, you and me and everyone we know, and lots of trees. LOTS of trees.

Exhibition on display March 17 through April 3
Thurs-Sun 12-6

About the Artist:

Jesse Untracht-Oakner captures images as he sees them.

From his revealing portraits of people, insightful found landscapes to his inventive fashion stories, Jesse's photos capture surprising discoveries of color, gentle humor in the every day, and irony in the ordinary.

Jesse has shot ads and collateral for BBDO and Interbrand, editorial for MISBEHAVE, Heeb and Rolling Stone magazines, as well as assignments for Time Out NY, publicity for Hass Avocados and reportage for an NFL ad and commercial shoots.

He has assisted photographers Mark Seliger, Doug Inglish, Isabelle Bonjean, Richard Burbridge, Taryn Simon, Jason Schmidt and Nicolas Wagner, among others, on fashion and portrait assignments for PEOPLE, GQ, Vanity Fair, Peter Marino and catalogs for Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Swarovski.

Jesse is a featured photographer on the French-based stock photo website, readymade-images.com and Photoshelter. Named an up-and-coming photographer on Photo District News website, Photo Serve, Jesse combines his technical skills from R.I.T with his unique artistic vision.