DATE: March 6, 2008
New York–based photographer Amy Stein has enjoyed a
glittering career since completing her MFA at the School of Visual Arts
in 2006. She appeared in a number of group shows immediately after
graduating, won the 2006 Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize, has been named
one of the world's top 15 emerging photographers by American Photo
magazine, and won the Critical Mass Book Award. Now, Paul Kopeikin
Gallery in Los Angeles is hosting Stein's first solo show,
"Domesticated," which runs through April 26.
Copyright Amy Stein. Courtesy Paul
Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.
images in "Domesticated" are set in and around Matamoras, a small town
in Northeast Pennsylvania on the edge of a state forest, and they
typically depict encounters between animals and the local community.
From the grizzly that mesmerizes a local girl in her backyard swimming
pool to the wolf that howls crazily at a street light, the creatures in
Stein's works exist somewhere between the wild and civilization, and
appear no less compromised, nor confused, than the townsfolk who spot
them. What makes the work so unforgettable is how it reveals the
unresolved conflict between our yearning for kinship with nature's
mysteries and our desire to bring everything that surrounds us under
rational control. As they overturn trash cans or hide among the plants
in a greenhouse, Stein's animals embody our internal conflicts between
"comfort and fear, dependence and determination, and submission and
dominance," describes the gallery. Indeed.
Once you've been to Paul Kopeikin, here are Amy Stein's selections for other shows to see in L.A. this weekend:
1. André Kertész: Seven Decades at the Getty Center, through April 13
"André Kertész has taken so many amazing pictures you almost take them
for granted. His images can be subtle or grand, but they are never
without a compelling narrative and a profound sense of drama."
2. Hiromi Tsuchida: Photographs, 1969–2004 at Michael Dawson Gallery
, through March 29
"Hiromi's black-and-white images from the '60s and '70s remind me of
Garry Winogrand. These stunning photos bring a street immediacy to
everyday lives in rural and urban Japan."
3. The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide at the Getty Center, through April 13
"Graciela Iturbide was born into privilege, and her curiosity and
appetite seem to have evolved in reaction to that upbringing. Her
subjects exist on the periphery of Mexican culture, but Graciela doesn't
approach them as mere novelties. Her striking photos elevate them to a
crucial position within the nation's collective memory."