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Review: John Gossage at Stephen Daiter Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

The Pond and A Little Romance

Through June 23, 2012


John Gossage's 1980's and 1990's images of the wilderness around an unnamed city is an underappreciated component of the "New Topographics" movement in photography. The title,The Pond sparks an unavoidable reference to Thoreau's Walden (pond). The simple and deliberate living Thoreau embraces is offset in Gossage's images that show traces of others who are doing the same, but without the same shining idealism. There is a heaviness to the simple habitations- boarded windows and sagging beams, dusty screens, cracked and patched pavement give a sense of apathy and abandonment that we see also in the landscape. Overgrown fields, unkept paths and gravel roads seem to prove the resilience of nature despite the human impact. As we travel the warn paths towards the pond we see fallen trees, bald patches of earth, an old seemingly abandoned factory in the distance. We also see strength to these all but neglected or weathered spaces- birds sing from power lines and in flight signify hope, the paths of man exist but are being erased by time, reclaimed by nature, the pond itself seems literally to swallow and purify factory and city filth.

Somehow through the weight of loneliness, the stillness of air, the sullen and empty planes and pathways there is a true dedication to place that redeems and proves a humble nobility in the neglected. There is a quiet mournful beauty, a sense of determination of place, people, and above all the natural world.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Stephen Daiter Gallery

NewCity Review

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Artist's Reception: Peter Peryer at McNamara Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Peter Peryer Fiona Pardington in conversation


Exhibition Dates: May 11–31, 2012

Reception with the artists:
Friday, May 11th
5:30 pm


Artist Peter Peryer makes images very selectively. Often the works come to mind and haunt him; he will then work to find a way to make the vision in his mind. We learn this from his video where he talks bout his work and process (link attached below). Color, form, rhythm, texture often seem important and as Peryer calls them "families of images" begin to emerge over time. Images form natural links that work together and talk about the grander sceme of life. The connections that emerge are not predestined or forced, rather they emerge. Peryer seems to continue to explore and reshuffle images as time goes. Threads begin to emerge, and we see evidence of this ongoing revaluation and reorganization of images on his blog. A constant sifting and resifting seems an inherent part of an ongoing process. Curiosity often ignites what becomes an obsession and Peryer will continue to explore that which sparks interest.

Images by Peryer and information on upcoming artist's reception and exhibition at McNamara Gallery.

Video- Peter Peryer: Portrait of an Artist

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Review: Alex Prager at M+B Galery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 28, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Complsion

Exhibition Dates: April 7 - March 12, 2012


Exhibition of new works by Alex Prager will open at M+B in Los Angeles and simultaneously in New York and London. Images continue to ally with Prager's influences, including the gritty edge of Weegee and Enrique Metinides; saturation of color of William Eggleston; strangeness of Cindy Sherman among others. The particular vision is uniquely Prager. Color, vantage, curiosity all infuse the work with drama and offer a sense of expanding narrative. This work is different from previous series- our protagonist eludes us, remaining distant, anonymous.

The eye itself plays a major role, and the gaze becomes personified. Each frame is paired- a scene with a watching eye. It is unclear who's eye we see, spectator or victim. Our inability to resolve this heightens tension and makes us aware of the multiplicity of vantage, experience, history. The complexity of observation, the way that vantage becomes spectacle and "truth" evolves from a multiplicity of gazes all become components to Compulsion. Truth to image enters the dialogue with ease and continues the critique on viewers to believe what they see in a frame.

Beyond the watchful eye is the set itself. The area around Los Angeles also becomes character-like. It is "still the Wild West," Prager tells Leslie Camhi in an interview with Vogue, "people come hoping that a lot of things will happen in their lives. Most of the time, it doesn't, and that can breed a deep unhappiness, and lead people into dark places. But it never looks very dark, because the sun is always shining, and the birds are always chirping." Prager is not afraid to evoke mystery, to expose the dark underbelly of a place or even the reality of our own tragedy-hungry nature.


LA Times Review

For more information on the exhibition & artist's reception please visit M+B Gallery

Interview with Vogue.

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Opening Reception & Signing: Cig Harvey at Robert Klein Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 28, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

CIG HARVEY YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE AN EMERGENCY

OPENING RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING
Saturday, May 19
2:00 - 5:00 PM


For the past 12 years Cig Harvey has allowed her personal life to inspire her photographic work. Through self portraiture and images of family and friends she meditates on moments of celebration, lingers in moments of uncertainty, and explores relationships between people. The every day experience, the pattern of life is unique but it is shared. We have all experienced moments of elation and frustration, of love and loss, hope and disappointment. The essence of human experience is woven into the frames of Harvey's work. With beautiful light, rich color, and sensual curiosity, pose, or framing the works invite.

The new text as Harvey puts it is "A book of photographs and text about a life being lived, it's a map about one women's life but made up of the stuff that is all of our lives. An archetypal quest, a love story, a book of secrets."

Harvey will be present for the opening reception and will make brief comments on her work and be available to sign advanced copies of her book.

For more information please visit Robert Klein Gallery

Short video introduction to the text narrated by Harvey

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Review: Jen Davis of Lee Marks Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 27, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Self Portraiture


For Jen Davis the self portrait has been vehicle for self discovery, exploration, and what seems to be a continued a mixed-bag of emotions ranging from acceptance to disappointment, from comfort to desire to change. Ms. Davis first used the camera as a means to see herself as others do; "but at 5-foot-4 and 260 pounds, this was not an easy thing to do" (Miki Meek). We can see the artist put herself under the lens; the discomfort is palpable, and yet Davis seems to grow ever-confident and engages in further exploration of herself. In early images she is on edge and seems to hide herself in public as in the the initiating shot, Pressure Point taken at Myrtle Beach, and in private while changing in Push-up Bra. As time passes she reveals more and doesn't- we feel the inner struggle of self acceptance in works like Conforming and Untitled No. 7 where Davis is out of the bath and quite exposed but for a towel. The choice not to reveal her face suggests a bit of shame but things

begin to change as the series progresses. Her comfort grows as she finds a level of comfort between herself and the camera and within her own spirit-New Haven Bedroomshows a soft elegant light shining on her relaxed and peaceful body and inUntitled No. 47we see a sparkle of personality, a spunky attitude. The work has it seems helped raise understanding for the difficulties and pain suffered by people like Davis and to have inspired Davis herself to reexamine not just how she is seen and wants to be seen, but also how she wants to live. Davis has decided to have her stomach banded to reduce her appetite. The treatment has been successful, she has lost 70 pounds.

New York Times Review

Learn more about Davis at Lee Marks Fine Art

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