Late notice, yes, but if you can, get over to Bergamot Station today (Sunday, April 26th) and visit the Fresh Fair event. Located on Michigan Ave just outside the Bergamot Station gates, the event is free and hosts photographers from all over the world. Each individual photographer has a booth set up with their work. This is the first time Fresh Fair has been produced, and I am told will be a yearly event. We can all benefit by stopping in, lending support, and finding out how to show our work next year. A few of the photographers I found particularly interesting were Ryan Schude with his elaborately constructed, quirky narrative sets, Kristopher Gruntert’s night landscapes because they were presented in backlit lightboxes-the way most of us view images these days, and Tracy Woolley’s no tricks style panoramas of Australia’s landscapes. There are many more photographers that deserve mention, to be sure, so go and find your favorites.
Hours of Operation:
Friday, April 24th: 6 – 9 p.m. VIP Preview Party (all proceeds go to Focus on AIDS)
Saturday, April 25th: 12 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 26th: 12 – 6 p.m.
Pier 59 Studios West
2415 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
By Gina Genis
Orange County Museum of Art(OCMA) has decided to shut down their Orange Lounge, located in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA. More information is available here, in a story published in the Orange County Register. The satellite gallery was focused on providing contemporary digital and video art.
Over the years, the Orange Lounge has hosted a number of video art exhibitions, including works by Diana Thater, John Baldessari and pieces done in conjunction with the museum’s California Biennial.
By Doug Stockdale
The Los Angeles Times will be hosting it’s annual Festival of Books in conjunction with and on the Campus of UCLA this April 25 and 26th, with a ton of information available here. This is a massive and FREE event, but you need to pre-register following the link that was just provided or going here: http://www.latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks/
One of the exhibitors will be Susan Spiritus and her Susan Spiritus Gallery. She has been a quiet supportor of the Photographers Exchange, and for this event she will be showing the works of one of her artists, Cara Barer who creates photographs from books, such as these below.
by Doug Stockdale
We have a photo gem in Los Angeles. If you haven’t yet been to the newly opened Annenberg Space for Photography, put it on your calendar. This state-of-the-art exhibit space has been designed to showcase traditional photography as well as embracing the new technology of digital imagery. The centerpiece of the Annenberg Space is its theater, with two massive screens that are currently displaying the images and profile vignettes of the exhibiting photographers. Traditionally presented photographic prints are shown on the outside walls around it. Touch screen computerized coffee tables allow you to view the photographer’s work in a more personal manner. A small library room houses books and two computers for research. There is a more intimate screening room that looks as if it will be the area for “Iris Nights”, the ASFP’s Thursday night lecture series. A beautiful kitchen hints at the promise of some wonderful openings.
The inaugural show includes John Baldessari, Carolyn Cole, Greg Gorman, Lauren Greenfield, Douglas Kirkland, Catherine Opie, Julius Schulman, and Tim Street-Porter. LA Times photographers Genero Molina Kirk McCoy, and Lawrence Ho are also represented. The exhibit is strong with compelling images that make you want to get out there and shoot for yourself. Well worth the drive and time to go through it. A tip: parking is only $1.00 with validation in the building’s underground lot.
by Gina Genis
Sources of Energy photography copyright of Janos Lanyi
Janos Lanyi’s photograph, Sources of Energy, was recently juried into the Coastal Art League’s Michael H. Kellicutt International photo exhibit, whose theme was Through a Lens: Contrasting Elements. This exhibition was juried by Charles Cramer, Janet Jones and Michael Collopy. The exhibition will be available from April 10 to May 4th, with the artist reception on April 15th, from 5pm to 8pm.
The Coastal Art League’s Museum and Gallery is located in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Lanyi’s artist statment about this photograph:
Near Jaisalmer, the ancient fortress city in the Thar desert, there is a group of strange and beautiful structures of obvious religious significance. They are cenotaphs, where the dead are cremated in the traditional Hindu manner. In stark visual contrast, there are windmills, four hundred of them, far more than what is needed to supply Jaisalmer with the electricity it needs. The image is a perfect symbol of the two diverse and conflicting forces that drive India. On the day I made this photograph, at least, few if any of the windmills were turning, but the cenotaphs seemed very much alive and dominated the scene.
The challenge was how to capture the dark glow of the sandstone in the sunset without losing the spectacular sky and the details of the windmills. Without a tripod, I made numerous pairs of over and under exposures, and digitally merged the one pair in which the images matched exactly.
By Doug Stockdale
Photography copyright of the Helen Levitt Estate
Helen Levitt, who pioneered street photography in the United States in the 1930s, taking pictures of small, poignant dramas with the help of an inconspicuous Leica camera, died Sunday at her apartment in New York City. She was 95.
Full article from the LA Times is here.
By Doug Stockdale
The Humble Arts Foundation just announced that Women in Photography has become part of their organization, with the following announcement:
Humble Arts Foundation & Women In Photography
WIPNYC is pleased to announce that it has officially joined the Humble Arts Foundation family. HAFNY, established in 2005 by amani olu and Jon Feinstein, is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the careers of emerging fine-art photographers by way of exhibition and publishing opportunities, limited-edition print sales, twice–annual artists grants, and .
Women in Photography was launched in June of 2008 as an outlet for women photographers to exhibit work outside of the traditional model of the commercial art world. Showcasing emerging photographers in addition to artists that have achieved high levels of success, it is designed to be a resource for photographers, editors, curators, gallery owners, and viewers alike to discover and enjoy the work of . As an internet-based project, the site reaches a global audience. Exhibitions are co-curated by Amy Elkins & Cara Philips.
WIPNYC is pleased to announce the WIP-Lightside Individual Project Grant, generously sponsored by Lightside/LTI. The $3,000 grant will provide funding to one woman photographer to support project costs, based on visual & conceptual strength, rigor of purpose, and clarity of stated project goals. The call for entries opens April 1, 2009, 12am and ends on May 1, 2009, 12am. Please visit the freshly redesigned wipnyc.org for more information and to begin the application process.
By Doug Stockdale
There is some discussion of Bergamot Station being turned into a maintenance facility for the Light Rail. This decision potentially harms a rich cultural asset for the arts which serves the community in both Santa Monica and the greater Los Angeles area. There are many wonderful photographic galleries that are located in this one convinent location.
We are all probably in favor of the completion of Phase 2 of the Exposition Rail Line for its positive effects of alleviating severe traffic congestion and linking Culvery City to Santa Monica and the rest of Los Angeles. However, we also need to make known to both the Expo Construction Authority and the government of the City of Santa Monica that Bergamot Station is an integral part of the cultural life of Los Angeles and should not even be considered a site for a maintenance facility.
So send a message to one of those who will make the decision as to why you do not agree with the potential changes to Bergamont Station:
EXPO LINE STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS:
Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority: firstname.lastname@example.org
Herb Wesson, City of LA 10th District Councilmember: email@example.com
Bernard Parks, City of LA Councilmember: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County 2nd District Supervisor: email@example.com
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County 3rd Distrcit Supervisor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica City Council: email@example.com
Scott Malsin, Mayor of Culver City: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please forward this message to your friends and colleagues so that they may help us save Bergamot Station from becoming a maintenance facility.
We value your support and hope that together we can achieve our goals
By Doug Stockdale