“Louise” copyright of the photographer, Diane Reeves
Opening on July 5th, is the “Strength and Vulnerability” exhibit at the 2nd City Council (2CC) Gallery, (LA) and exhibit runs until August 7th. The opening reception is Saturday, July 12th from 7-9pm.
Both Ellen Butler and Diane Reeves, members of the The Photo Exchange, were accepted into the exhibit. Congradulations!
by Doug Stockdale
7/10/08 update: Also juried in was Frank Cancian, also a member of The Photo Exchange.
“Watering Hole” copyright of Amy Stein
Two phtographic exhibits are now at showing at the Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA (OC), both are available through July 26th. Although I did not make the opening, I did have the opportunity to view the exhibits today.
First is ANALOG/DIGITAL III which was curated by Matt Mayand as the introduction states, this is a mix of analog and digital and a mix of things in between. This exhibit includes SUSAN BURNSTINE, THE DANGEROUS AMERICANS, AMANDINE NABARRA-PIOMELLI, HUNTER REYNOLDS, SHELBY ROBERTS, AMY STEIN & ARTHUR TAUSSIG.What made this exhibit for me was being able to see the photographs by Amy Stein, especially her photograph “Watering Hole“. You find yourself really wondering about that bear. Also interesting was the juxtaposition of the Stein photograph “Howl” with the Burstine photograph “The Road Most Traveled“.
The second exhibit in the smaller gallery is the Toy Camera Photography Exhibit which is a curated exhibit by Edward Heyman, Jesus Jimenez and Joseph Munoz. As you might suspect, the photographs were made with toy cameras, usually the Holga or Diana. You know that these toy cameras are serious business when you can buy them at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) book store.
by Doug Stockdale
Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla (SD), is having an exhibition of the photographs by Dana Montlack. The exhibit will be on view from June 28th through August 30th, 2008. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, June 28th from 6pm – 8pm.
Montlack’s work explores the idea of really observing what dwells in nature’s otherwise seemingly small things and attempts to capture and display their essence. After selecting a group of images of her subjects, such as an anemone’s tentacles, a poppy’s stamen, a jacaranda’s seed pods, the artist combines the images in overlays to create a powerful montage. Montlack’s vividly colored, multi-layered images allow the viewer to reflect on exquisite details and mysteries found in nature.
Dana Montlack holds a BFA in sculpture from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA in mixed media from the Otis Parsons College of Arts and Design, Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide, including the, Downtown Los Angeles, , Alexandria, LA, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA, and the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA. Montlack currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.
by Doug Stockdale
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens , San Marino (LA) is opening a major phtogography exbibition, titled This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs, which opens on June 14th and extends to September 15th.
From their press release: A sprawling, multi-ethnic city on the edge of a continent, Los Angeles conjures up imagery as seductive and contradictory as the place itself, equal parts glamour and cataclysm, sunshine and noir. For more than 150 years, photographers have been capturing the landscape, people, and sprawling urban forms of Los Angeles, documenting—and mythologizing—this seminal American city.
“This Side of Paradise” examines the relationship between Los Angeles and the art of photography from the mid-19th century to the present, focusing on the emergence of a distinct Los Angeles “style” of visual expression. Comprising approximately 250 images from The Huntington’s photographic collections as well as other important lenders, the exhibit will use landscape and the human body as key themes through which both the city and its photographic self-image have been projected. From L.A.’s beaches, freeways, and sprawling suburban tracts, to the city’s pervasive celebration of physical culture and Hollywood glamour, the imagery encapsulates both the glories and the unfulfilled promises of the great American enterprise.
Over 100 photographers will be represented. Featured photographers include documentarians as well as fine artists, both celebrated and little-known. The work of early figures such as Anne Brigman, William Henry Jackson, Carleton Watkins, and Edward Weston will be seen alongside works of 20th-century commercial practitioners, including Bill Claxton, George Hurrell, Toyo Miyatake, Maynard Parker, and works from the “Dick” Whittington Studios. Photographers of more recent generations include Robert Adams, John Baldessari, Eileen Cowin, Judy Fiskin, Robbert Flick, Lee Friedlander, Karen Halverson, Robert Heinecken, John Humble, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Allan Sekula, Larry Sultan, Edmund Teske, Gary Winogrand, and Max Yavno, among many others.
posted by Doug Stockdale with Larry Pribble
Beginning last Saturday, June 7th is “Bride”, an exhibit of photographs by Tomoko Sawada at RoseGallery (LA). Her exhibit ends August 23rd.
From the Rose Gallery press release:
RoseGallery is pleased to present Tomoko Sawada’s newest work, BRIDE, a meditation on the dichotomies of old and new, east and west, tradition and fashion, and the instability of one’s identity when confronted with these divisions. This will mark the first exhibition of this work, and Sawada’s first exhibition on the west coast.
From the start Sawada has found as her source material the flux of identity when confronted with outside forces. Her first major work, ID400, set the tone for much of the work to come. Taking aim at the idea of identity when seen through the lens of photography, Sawada became her own subject, a theme that continues to persist through her work. With the skillful treatment of wigs, clothing, make up, expression and posture, new personas emerge just long enough to be documented by a train station photo booth, a machine used as much to make personal mementos as ID photos. Culminating in a four-panel grid of four hundred images the work became a comment on not only our relationship with photography and the way it influences our ideas of ourselves and others, but also the veracity of the images we rely on.
In the piece Omiai, Sawada examined the Japanese customs of arranged marriage. With help of a hired portrait photographer she created a suite of images that address both a subversion of identity, and it’s manipulation in favor of an idealized wife. Her most recent work, BRIDE, is the next step in this progression; the bride has been chosen, the marriage arranged, and now we’re looking at the wedding portraits. Diptyches juxtaposing Shinto tradition and modern western style continue to play with ideas of constructed identity, but not only between the pairs. Within the larger body of work the individual is created with subtle yet transforming shifts in expression that force the viewer to look twice.
Born in 1977 in Kobe, Japan, Tomoko Sawada attended Seina University of Art and Design completing her studies in 2001. She has received numerous awards including the prestigious Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award for Young Japanese Photographer, the International Center of Photography Infinity Award, and the special prize in the Canon New Cosmos of Photography competition. Her work is held by collections internationally including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The International Center of Photography, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Essl Collection, Klosternerberg, Austria, and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge.
The gallery is located in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Gallery G-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 PM. For more information, contact Jessica Kloville at (310) firstname.lastname@example.org
by Doug Stockdale
Update: The May/June 2008 edition of photograph magazine has a cover image from this exhibit and a review by Lyle Rexer. Although there is no link to the article, Lyle provides some nice background information and creative context about Sawada as a Japanese performance artist. Rose Shoshana, owner of Rose Gallery is also quoted; There is a playfulness in her work, especially in the fact of her making it. It’s as if she were saying, ‘Let me try on all the things I am meant to be and see how they look and feel, without me actuall having to be any of them’ “.
“Docks, Grain Barge” photography copyright of Bernard Fallon
On June 5th is San Pedro’s First Thursday ArtWalk, which starts at 6pm and goes until whenever. This month in conjunction with that, Gallery 478 will have a reception opening from 6pm until 9pm for are the vintage black and white images of Liverpool by Bernard Fallon in an exhibit entitled “The Long Way Home: Photographs 1967-1974.
The Fallon exhibit ends June 27th. Regretfully, Gallery 478 does not have a web site yet. The gallery is located at 478 W. 7th St. San Pedro and you can call (310) 732-2150 for more information.
posted by Doug Stockdale
Opps, Ray and Arnee Carofano‘s gallery is Gallery 478 rather than 578. Sorry about the confusion!
Places Amongst Us by Douglas Stockdale
The reason for the intermintant updates is that I was somewhat buried in a unique project called Solo Foto Book Month (SoFoBoMo). For this inagural year, it included a “fuzzy” month, with a 30 day period of your chosing, between the begining of April and end of May. For me, that was the month of May.
And a funny thing happened on the way to publishing my SoFoBoMo book Places Amongst Us, I also ended up publishing a second book; Sharpening Photographs for Blurb Printing. More about that in a moment.
“Port of Long Beach” copyright of Bill Livingston
“The Art of Commerce: William Livingston’s Pinhole Photographs of the Port of Long Beach” is on exhibit at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach (LA), from May 23 – September 28, 2008.
The exhibition features a dozen, large breathtaking photos of The Port of Long Beach as never before seen. The photographer, William (Bill) Livingston, was given exclusive access to capture everyday images of Port activity using a pinhole camera.
The photos in The Art of Commerce effortlessly capture the combination of industrial beauty and dynamic reality that exist at the Port. Lively shades of blue, yellow and green illuminate the shipping yards, ships, docks, cranes, containers, trucks, and trains; all set against brilliant blue skies. The photographs embrace the commotion and activity of daily port activities – a shipment being lowered onto a truck, a train crisscrossing vast terminals, or simply the silky rippling of the ocean below.
Fittingly, The Art of Commerce is installed in the Museum’s Jean and Charles Lane Oceanview Gallery, whose south-facing, second-floor wall of windows offers dramatic views of the Port of Long Beach. Also included in the exhibition are several of Livingston’s hand-made (4×5″) pinhole cameras.
The Art of Commerce is made possible by the generous support of the Port of Long Beach. Additional support was provided by the B.C. McCabe Foundation and the Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation.
Having seen these images upclose, they are beautiful industrial urban landscape photographs. The exibit is recommended.
post by Doug Stockdale