THE NEW YORKER
The birds in Wolkoff’s photographs are taxidermic specimens, perched on bits of wood and seen in silhouette against white grounds. Although color seeps out at the silhouettes’ ruffled edges, the effect is graphic black-and-white, with the birds reduced to iconic essences, like sculptures of comforting household gods. But captions restore them to surprising specificity. The northern oriole, for instance, was “Taken from cat by Elizabeth Dickens, May 1, 1924.” Others are described as “storm victim,” “killed by automobile,” or, in several instances, “killed by telephone wire.” Large photographs of trees lend the show an expansive air, but its themes remain grounded in life and death. Through April 28.
Review by Vince Aletti, April, 2012