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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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San Francisco Chronicle Review: Unphotographable at Frankel Gallery

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

Through March 23, 2013


[[1]]This ambitious survey explores a movement in photography and a desire by artists to investigate beyond the limits of traditional perception.Unphotographableis comprised of about 50 works by well known artists, including Alfred Stieglitz, Sophie Calle, Man Ray, Glenn Ligon, and Gerhard Richter, and also draws on imagery by anonymous and unknown photographers. Photography easily engages that which is concrete, but even at the dawn of the media artists realized that photography had the ability to go beyond normal perception, that it could indeed be used to perceive that which our eye could not. All of the images in this exhibition engage this exploration of perception and "parallel history" of the media.

The works are haunting and often teeter between belief and disbelief. Frankel Gallery was thorough to engage the many strands within this tradition of photography. Some images engage the theme in a litteral way, seeking to capture apparitions and other supernatural phenomena. Others play with perception, photo chemistry, or employ rephotographing. Others still hit more emotional nerves and stand to prove that which has been done can not be undone. Three works that poignantly engage terrible even inconcevable truths include Christian Marclay'sSilence (The Electric Chair); Gerhard Richter's September, an image of the twin towers smoking; and Malcolm Browne's sequence Self-Immolation of Buddhist Monk Thich Quãng Ðuc. What these works capture is concrete, true, yet so horrific that they continue to defy comprehension. These images work in ways that transcend the status of image image and as unphotographable subjects approach the status of symbol.


San Francisco Chronicle Review

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Artist's Reception: Philip Melnick at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Small Seductions
Exhibition Dates: January 12 - February 23, 2013

Opening with the Artist:
January 12th
6:00 - 8:00 pm



Joseph Bellows Gallery works with continued determination to draw attention to important Los Angeles photographers of the 1970's.Small Seductions will present the work of Philip Melnick, a photographer who with Eileen Cowin, Judy Fiskin, John Divola and Steve Kahn were all pivotal to the L.A. photographic movement in the 1970's. Through nearly 50 images Bellows hopes to reintroduce this master to Southern California; his work has not been shown here in three decades.

Melnick has a sense for geometry, an attraction to the rhythm of man-made structure, and interest in odd juxtapositions between constructed and natural forms. Roof-lines, manicured lawns, wooden fences, and even parking lots are the source of structure in many frames, rhythm emerges often through the repetition of geometry,6th St., Los Angeles, CA and 8th St., Los Angeles, CA are lovely examples of controlled repetition captured by Melnick.

Flora often is the source of humor in Melnick's work- the emergence of the natural world that in all these manmade spaces presents source for either more control or at times none at all. Over or under manicured lawns, shrubs wrapped in cloth, overgrowth, and wind-blown branches become the tipping point and intrigue for much of the work. Melnick embraces the vernacular architecture of Los Angeles and manages to find a strange perfection to each of these every day moments. With a streak of humor, a perfection in balance, or a quality of light each frame really lives up to the show title- Small Seduction.

For more information please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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Hemphill Fine Arts Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

New website launch to mark the milestone.


Many congratulations to Hemphill Fine Arts as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. Since 1993 Hemphill has mounted 170 exhibitions of local, national, and international artists. Beginning in 1999, the gallery's ART TALKs series has enriched the cultural community and produced over 40 panel discussions, artist talks, and educational lectures. Exhibitions and events have formed the core of their audience's participation in the gallery, and most importantly have provided opportunity for the greater community to intersect in the artistsʼ community as well as the larger creative process.

To mark the occasion Hemphill has launched a new website at hemphillfinearts.com. The new site includes a list of gallery artists and works and provides information on current and past exhibitions; a complete archive of the gallery's exhibitions date to the opening in 1993. The website details art advisory services offered to the novice collector, the connoisseur, museums and corporations.

For more information on Hemphill Fine Arts please visit Hemphill Fine Arts

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