JAMES VENUTI'S LIVING FRAMES
IS A COLLECTION OF HIS MOST POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHS INFUSED INTO ALUMINUM AND MOUNTED ONTO AN INTRICATELY DESIGNED MIXED MEDIA PLATFORM. THE ALUMINUM BRINGS SHARPER COLOR AND DETAIL TO THE SCENE, WHILE THE BIRCH FRAME HAND-CARVED, STAINED AND PAINTED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER HIMSELF EXPANDS ON A SPECIFIC MOOD EXPRESSED IN THE PHOTOGRAPH.  EACH PIECE BRINGS A UNIQUE VISION TO THESE QUINTESSENTIAL NEW YORK MOMENTS AND IS ONE OF A KIND.

CAN'T SEE THE FOREST 
32" X 42"
​PHOTOGRAPH OF CENTRAL PARK JUST AFTER SUNRISE
​FRAME CARVED AS A REPRESENTATION OF THE PARK COMPLETE WITH WALKING PATHS AND 100 MINIATURES 

​LIVING FRAME # THIRTY EIGHT

​LEAVES
​30" X 70"
​THE FRAME IS CARVED IN MULTIPLE LAYERS OF JUST UNDER 300 LEAVES REPRESENTING FALL IN CENTRAL PARK
PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN JUST AFTER SUNRISE ON A LATE NOVEMBER MORNING

LIVING FRAME # NINETEEN

​THE COMING STORM
​24"X32"
FRAME CARVED AND LAYERED WITH BLACK SAND.
​PHOTOGRAPH OF A STORM CLOSING IN UNDER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE.

​LIVING FRAME # TWENTY SIX

PUPPET MASTER
​24" X 54"

PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN OF THE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY AT SUNRISE ON A DECEMBER MORNING
FRAME CARVED AS A CONTINUATION OF THE PHOTOGRAPH WITH 70 BOLTS AND 150 FEET OF STEEL CABLE REPRESENTING INDUSTRY

LIVING FRAME # FORTY ONE
  

​​FOREVER STANDING
24"X54"
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH TRIBUTE LIGHTS TAKEN FROM THE TOP OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
​FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT THE TWIN TOWERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER

​LIVING FRAME # THIRTY SEVEN

​​SUBWAY LINES
30" X 40"
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE TURNSTYLES AT FULTON STREET STATION
FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT EVERY NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY LINE

​LIVING FRAME # THIRTY NINE

  ​OBSERVATION
 37"X49"

​A PHOTO OF MIDTOWN MANHATTAN WITH THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING AT IT'S CENTER.  THE FRAME IS CARVED TO GIVE THE EFFECT THAT THE VIEWER IS LOOKING DIRECTLY DOWN AT THE ICONIC BUILDING.  THE OBSERVATION DECK (FILLED WITH HUNDREDS OF NEW YORKERS AND TOURISTS) SURROUNDS THE PHOTO FOLLOWED BY MULTIPLE CONDENSED LAYERS REPRESENTING THE MANY LEVELS OF THIS FORMER TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD

                              LIVING FRAME # THIRTY TWO                    SOLD
LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD
36" X 48"
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WITH THE SUN RISING OVER MANHATTAN IN THE BACKGROUND
​TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT OF THE PHOTO ARE THE CARVINGS ON LADY LIBERTY'S TABLET, ABOVE IS A PASSAGE FROM THE EMMA LAZARUS POEM "THE NEW COLOSSUS", AND BELOW IS THE IS THE FRENCH CREATORS NAME GIVEN TO THIS BEAUTIFUL GIFT, LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD

​                            LIVING FRAME # THIRTY                     ​SOLD
​​   GLASS HOUSES
​  18"X24"

​FRAME CARVED IN THE DESIGN OF THE GLASS HOUSE FORMERLY PLACED IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

​LIVING FRAME # THIRTY THREE



​ILLUMINATED
18"X24"
​PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BEAUTIFUL BETHESDA TERRACE LATE AT NIGHT
FRAME CARVED IN THE PATTERN OF THE CEILING TILES AND GIVEN A WORN APPEARENCE 

​LIVING FRAME # THIRTY ONE

​​SAILOR'S WARNING B&W
34" X 46"
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE IN HEAVY FOG
​FRAME CARVED AS A CONTINUATION OF THE PHOTOGRAPH

​LIVING FRAME # FORTY

​​​CARVED IN STONE
​30"X70"

​FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT A CLOSE LOOK AT THE CARVINGS ON THE FRONT OF THE FLATIRON BUILDING


​LIVING FRAME # SEVENTEEN

A TWISTED SUNRISE
​30" X 70"

WEATHERED AND TWISTED WOOD STRIPS NAILED TO THE BIRCH FRAME REPRESENTING THE FAMOUS TWISTED DOCK​
PHOTO IS A LONG EXPOSURE SUN RISING OVER MID AND DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN

                             LIVING FRAME # 28                        ​SOLD
      

  THE LOST DOCK
​30"X70"​​ 
 FRAME CARVED IN A CONTINUATION OF THE BROOKLYN AND MANHATTAN BRIDGES BEHIND THE REMNANTS OF A 19TH CENTURY DOCK ONLY VISIBLE AT LOW TIDE

                          LIVING FRAME # TWENTY FOUR                  ​SOLD

​​D.U.M.B.O.
​38"X48
  FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT THE TOWER AND WALKWAY   OF THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE
​PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN FROM WASHINGTON STREET IN THE DUMBO SECTION OF BROOKLYN WITH THE CLASSIC VIEW OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING FRAME BY THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE

​LIVING FRAME # TWENTY

SAILOR'S WARNING
28"X38
​FRAME CARVED AS A CONTINUATION OF THE PHOTOGRAPH, AN INCREDIBLY FOGGY MORNING ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

​                          LIVING FRAME # SIXTEEN                SOLD


1964
​ 26" X 34"
​​FRAME CARVED AS A WORLD MAP. PHOTOGRAPH OF THE UNISPHERE AS PART OF THE 1964 WORLD'S FAIR.
​IT IS A TWO DIMENSIONAL REPRESENTATION OF A THREE DIMENSIONAL GLOBE MOUNTED ON A THREE DIMENSIONAL REPRESENTATION OF A TWO DIMENSIOAL MAP

​LIVING FRAME # TWENTY TWO

​SHADOWS
​20"X44"
FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT DIFFERENT RELIEFS AND STATUES IN
GRAND CENTRAL STATION.
​PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SUN RISING THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE CENTER HALL

​                        LIVING FRAME # TWENTY THREE             SOLD

RUSH HOUR
​24"X32"
​FRAME CARVED AT DECLINING DEPTHS TO GIVE IT A TUNNEL EFFECT WITH ADDED BOLTS.
​PHOTOGRAPH OF THE TRAIN TRACKS RUNNING ACROSS THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE

                              LIVING FRAME # TWENTY SEVEN                   ​SOLD 

​                THE CITY GATES       
28"X38"
​FRAME CARVED IN THE SHAPE OF THE EAST TOWER OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE 
PHOTOGRAPH OF A SUNRISE OVER BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK AND DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN

​LIVING FRAME # FIFTEEN
WEATHERED 
​18" X 24" 
​DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN SKYLINE AS SEEN FROM NEW JEARSEY
FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT THE TWISTED AND WORN DOCK

​LIVING FRAME # THIRTY FOUR
​​ADAPTION
​24" X 32"
A CARVED OVERHEAD VIEW OF THE FLATIRON DISTICT SHOWING HOW THE BUILDINGS ADAPT TO THE CROSSING OF BROADWAY THROUGH THE GRID STREET SYSTEM.  FRAME IS MADE TO HANG RIGHT SIDE UP OR UPSIDE DOWN​
PHOTO OF THE FLATIRON BUILDING REFLECTING OFF OF THE MELTING SNOW ON BROADWAY.  ONLY THE REFLECTION HAS COLOR​

​                          LIVING FRAME # FORTEEN                  SOLD

PEACE AND CHAOS
28" X 20"

THIS FRAME IS SCORCHED AND DYED TO GIVE A BURNT EFFECT REPRESENTING A CHAOTIC SUNSET  ​
PHOTO OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN IN LATE NOVEMBER

​LIVING FRAME # FIVE

​MR. LEAF
18" X 37"

CARVED IN THE SHAPE OF A FALLING LEAF
 FROM CENTRAL PARK​
​PHOTO IS BLACK AND WHITE MALL OF CENTRAL PARK WITH COLOR SPLASHING OF THE FALL LEAVES

LIVING FRAME # TWO

​ROOM WITH A VIEW
​32" X 42" 
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FLATIRON DISTRICT
​FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT AN OPEN WINDOW WITH A VIEW ONLY SEEN FROM THE TOP OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

​                                                  LIVING FRAME # ELEVEN           SOLD                                                           
SUBWAY
17" X 23"
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FULTON STREET STATION
FRAME CARVED IN THE SHAPE OF AN ONCOMING SUBWAY CAR

​                       LIVING FRAME # SEVEN               ​SOLD
​​CLOUDY
​36" X 46"

PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN FROM WASHINGTON STREET IN THE DUMBO SECTION OF BROOKLYN WITH THE CLASSIC VIEW OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING FRAME BY THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE.
​FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT THE TOWERS AND TOP ARCH OF THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE

​                          LIVING FRAME # THREE              ​SOLD
​JEFFREY
​26" X 34"
PHOTOGRAPH OF JEFFREY'S HOOK LIGHTHOUSE WITH THE MASSIVE
GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE STANDING OVER IT, IT IS THE ONLY LIGHTHOUSE LEFT ON MANHATTAN.  
THE FRAME IS CARVED TO REPRESENT THE LIGHTHOUSE HARD AT WORK
ON A FOGGY 1930'S MORNING

​LIVING FRAME # THIRTY FIVE

FIRE AND STONE
30" X 70"

THE FRAME IS CARVED TO REPRESENT THE CROTON DAM AND CASCADES TO THREE DEPTHS AS IT REACHES THE BOTTOM
PHOTOGRAPH OF A FALL SUNRISE TAKEN AT CROTON ON THE HUDSON, PART OF NEW YORK CITYS RESERVOIR SYSTEM

LIVING FRAME # TWENTY ONE

DOWNTOWN
32" X 24"​

FRAME CARVED TO REPRESENT THE SUBWAY LINES OF THE 5 NEW YORK CITY BOROUGHS
PHOTO IS OF THE FULTAN STATION TURNSTYLES

                   LIVING FRAME # TWENTY NINE  ​        ​SOLD

OVERGROWN
23.5" X 45"

A CARVED PATTERN REPRESENTING THE DESIGN OF CENTRAL PARK'S BOW BRIDGE
PHOTO IS AN OVER-GROWN CENTRAL PARK BEING LOOKED OVER BY THE SAN REMO BUILDING

​LIVING FRAME # TWENTY FIVE