GERRY THIES is a Hell's Kitchen NYC artist whose artworks reside in the corporate collections of AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent and General Motors - as well as in many private collections. Gerry received an MFA in photography and has had his artwork published and exhibited in the United States, Japan and Germany.
The underlying theme to my artwork has always been journey. With journey, the fascination of road and movement and time constantly tweaks my curiosity and pushes my artwork. I love challenging the idea of what photography is and how it can be perceived. I also never think of creating just one piece, but consciously think of the next variation and continuation of the series.
In this journey around the streets and sidewalks of New York City, I’ve encountered small worlds that would normally be overlooked. Along the way, I photographed the beauty of random things ranging from a paint spatter next to a crack in a sidewalk, to the layering of graffiti on a bridge trestle, to diverse construction markings sprayed and carved into the cement. With Microcosm, I've been able to challenge the idea of what graphic beauty is and also challenge the viewer's perception through the presentation of the photographs in a grid format. With this series I’ve captured this world one frame at a time - but have presented them in a format where the multiplicity and juxtapositions power the group. This has given these small worlds new meaning and importance, making them not so small anymore.
Early examinations of timed exposures and pieced panoramas evolved into work that utilized a multi-medium approach. In my Journey gallery, each piece began as a B/W photo. This surface would then be attacked with a combination of oil and pencil and knives and sandpaper - in order to skew the reality and relationship of each medium and create pieces that at the same time were kinetic yet static. In each one of these time travel journeys, the figures stand watch like sentries, destined to oversee their environment throughout the centuries.
All artwork & photographs © Gerry Thies