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Artist's Reception: Whitney Hubbs at M+B Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 11, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Song Itself is Already a Skip

Exhibition Dates: January 19 - March 9, 2013

Artist's Reception:
Saturday, January 19
6:00 - 8:00 pm


The title for the work is fitting,The Song Itself is Already a Skip, marks both desire and a sort of knowing unattainability. The entanglement of want and preservation of memory are important to the artist who has described her work as "stealing moments." The traditional narrative rejected, Hubbs turns instead to the work itself and allows the body to form its own intuitive logic. The importance of memory outweighs any linear organization of recall and the fragments like a Rubik's Cube can be rearranged by different viewers who are invited to apply meaning and experience. Hubbs' practice works to challenge the relationship between photographic immediacy and "authenticity." Reality and representation shift from black and white to grey in frames that engage us for what they are and for what they mean to us.

Whitney Hubbs (b. 1977, Los Angeles) earned her MFA from UCLA (2009) and her BFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2005). Noted for her trademark intensely dark printing, her work often recalls those she cites. Cinematic influences include Jean-Luc Godard and Michelangelo Antonioni, as well as photographic masters Edward Weston, Frederick Sommer and Manuel Álvarez Bravo; visceral painters Michaël Borremans and Marlene Dumas are other notable influences. Hubbs was included in 2010's FotoFest Biennial, Houston, Texas and notable press includes a highlight in Vince Aletti's "Eight Emerging Photographers from Southern California" for The New Yorker (2011) as well as featured in Blind Spot Issue 38 (2008). Hubbs work is held in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art: Library, New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For more information please visit M+B Gallery

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