A man of many talents, Robert Lundberg is a distinguished photographer and filmmaker known for his artful documentaries covering the worlds of music, comedy, art, and film. Growing up in Massachusettes, Lundberg moved to New York City where he fully invested himself in his career in art and film. An individual who loves to take on new challenges, Lundberg has immersed himself in perhaps his most challenging project yet, the new documentary series titled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting in February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors in an effort to gain an inside look at their creative process which can only be fully captured going behind the scenes. The purpose of the series is to offer an intimate look into all of the rarely seen or known “little things” that transpire during interviews and other similar encounters with artists and performers. Oftentimes, most other features are heavily edited, capturing certain moments often heavily vetted by those in charge of the content’s creation or final product. But that’s not in Lundberg’s nature. He makes sure to bring you all of the raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise get a chance to experience and enjoy.
We are pleased to say that the train that is Rob Lundberg Presents: Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews keeps on rolling with Lundberg presenting episode seven of the acclaimed series, featuring artist and photographer Christopher Manning. Currently, the Exhibitions Manager at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and a professor of Visual Arts at Manhattanville College in Harrison, New York, Manning sits far atop his field as not only an artist and a teacher but also a trendsetter within his field, having just released his latest art book titled Everything, As Perfect As It Seems that highlights some of Manning’s works from over the course of the last decade.
It’s not just one field of art that Manning immerses himself within; he uses sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing and collage all together in an autobiographical unmasking of the self. Manning uses this holistic approach to art because he views each of these mediums as being integral to the recording of human history with each bit informing us about not only the past, but the truths and the lies, the successes and failures, and a unification of memories and experiences that we were not there to live. When combined together, these works of art create a picture of what shapes us as a people and informs us about not only who or what we are, but what we are capable of being in the future.
As an academic, Manning earned his MFS from SUNY New Paltz and a BFA from Manhattanville College. In addition to his current work for The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and as a professor, he has also taught at the College of New Rochelle and has been a visiting critic at the Wassaic Project and SUNY New Paltz’s MFA and BFA programs. As an artist, Manning’s breathtaking works have been featured at The Parlour Bushwick, BK, Garrison Art Center, NY, Exit Art, NY, Dorsky Curatorial Projects, LIC, NY, Central Booking, NY, The Impossible Project Lab, Berlin, Germany, Catskill Art Society, and so many other galleries. His art has been seen in The New York Times, The Queens Chronicle, Ain’t Bad Magazine, The Impossible Project, Scandale Project, Kolaj Magazine, and Vellum Magazine.
Commenting on his meeting with Manning, Lundberg said, “Visual artist and New York State native Christopher E. Manning and I immediately connected, visual art being both our passions. Christopher was taking lunch, he was working remotely, as Exhibitions Manager at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, times were indeed strange. He sat in his North Salem, New York studio, a grid of Polaroids behind him, a pleasant demeanor placed in front of the screen. For years Christopher has been honing his craft, working with a variety of mixed mediums, learned techniques, found objects, old books, magazines, and particularly self-made Polaroids. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, needless to say he’s accomplished a lot. We talk about process, art, and the culmination of his hard work, his first published monograph of Polaroids, ‘Everything, As Perfect As It Seems’ published by Ain’t Bad out now. Please enjoy conversation number seven.”
Lundberg has many more meetings planned with acclaimed artists who have agreed to be participants in Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews in the coming weeks and months. Lundberg has already been bringing you his ongoing series Uncontaminated Sound which takes a look behind the scenes to get a look at performers before they take the stage. The series has featured Macklemore’s Gemini Tour featuring Eric Nally (formerly of Foxy Shazam) and Xperience, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, Ron English, We Are Scientists, Rufus Wainwright and more. Lundberg’s photography has been highlighted in publications such as Huffington Post, Paste Magazine and more.