Voice 1156 presents Isolated Gesture
Featuring New Photography by Bil Zelman

February 3 - 24
Opening reception Friday February 3, 2006
4:00pm - 11:00pm
Music provided by Nathanial Lee and Philadelphia guest DJ Skipmode

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm;
Saturday - Monday by appointment

Click on the thumbnails to view exhibition and opening night photos.

In his coming exhibition “Isolated Gesture” at Voice Gallery, Bil Zelman captures the subtleties of the human experience. A selection of rich black and white photographs made mostly in New York, Zelman's work is dense and intelligent, reminiscent of masters Garry Winogrand and Larry Fink.

Zelman makes his photographs anonymously; his subjects unaware or disinterested in his presence. Their actions are familiar and unguarded, honest, private and completely human. The approach is hostile; a camera thrust in their faces, an explosion of flash. They don't get even a second to compose themselves- to prepare.

The result, according to Zelman- “The camera's sharp as a scalpel … cleaving out story lines clear as short films, fully narrated by the viewer. Stereotyping scenarios … Making epic out of the ordinary. The work is sympathetic to these isolated gestures, which pass unnoticed. Isolation in public places”.

Zelman's images are impeccably printed, burned and dodged, the most important of details etched out. His meticulous approach to the gelatin silver photographic prints results in an incredibly beautiful and inspiring body of work.

Born in 1972 and raised in New York, Bil received his Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1995. Zelman presently lives in San Diego, California, works in commercial photography and has been widely published worldwide in numerous print forms including every magazine from GQ to Rolling Stone. His fine art photography has been shown or collected by The Museum of Photographic Arts, The Center for Photographic Arts-Carmel, CA, the University of California San Diego, The Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts, Hallwalls, the Nicole Dintamin Gallery and others.

His book, “Isolated Gesture”, is currently being published by Push-Press and is due out late 2006

2005 Center for Photographic Art, “Center Awards Exhibition”, one piece from “Isolated Gesture” included.
2005 Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego- “Man With Red Straw, 1994”, from Isolated Gesture entered into permanent collection.
2003 Represented in Photo Los Angeles. Ten pieces from Isolated Gesture.
2003 Nicole Dintamin Gallery- “Conversazione”, Group Show.
2002 Isolated Gesture, University of California at San Diego.
2002 Represented in Photo San Francisco. Twelve pieces from Isolated Gesture.
2002 Group show, six pieces shown, from “Isolated Gesture”, Nicole Dintamin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2001 Street Work, Nicole Dintamin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
(Review in Art Reviews, of LA Times by Leah Ollman- Nov. 16, 2001)
1995 Exhibited in C.E.P.A. Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
1994 Exhibited in Light and Representation, C.E.P.A. Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
1994 Solo exhibit (within a group event), Artists and Models, Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Multimedia projections. Seventy-five pieces shown.
1993 Solo exhibition, State Street Gallery, Albany, New York. Fifty-eight pieces shown.


Isolated Gesture is made possible through the patronage of the following sponsors:

George's Camera & Video Exchange

3837 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104

Nelson Photo

1909 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (619)234-6621
7720 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858)729-6565

Gaslamp Photo

422 Market Street San Diego, CA 92101

Full-time sponsor FLORABELLA

Full-service florist: weddings and events
1732 Madison Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
Phone 619.574.7673 Fax 619.574.1130


Sound system provided by:

Full-time sponsor FUEL FOR YOUR WORLD

1146 7th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Open Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 4:30pm

Full-time sponsor MATRIX Visual Solutions