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Exhibitions: John Divola a Triple Feature Retrospective
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10/26/2013 to 2/2/2014
When: 10/26/2013

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As Far As I Could Get

Exhibiting Simotaniously at
the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
LACMA & Pomona College Museum of Art

Conceptual photographer John Divola is receiving his first large-scale retrospective show, and it's a big one: a collaboration, lead by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and including LACMA, and the Pomona College Museum of Art. Though Divola's photographic series are diverse in subject matter, this approach as one exhibition among three Southern California venues emphasizes the consistent conceptual and performative threads that run through Divola's entire body of work.

In all the retrospective includes six series of work and more than 80 individual photographs delving into Divola's exploration of the conceptual, the performative and the documentary. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Vandalism (1974), a series Divola created while still in graduate school, and Forced Entry (1975) offer deep insight into the artist's body of work, namely how it will be expressed in his Zuma series from 1977–78, 15 selections of which are on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art.

As Far as I Could Get, the titular series in LACMA's presentation, offers Divola as (literally) a distant subject. In the work, the artist captures himself running away from the camera in a 10-second sprint: the amount of time he has set the exposure for each photograph. In many ways, this series reflects themes Divola explored in both Artificial Nature and Seven Songbirds and a Rabbit. The artist uses nature as stage of sorts, performing as an actor in his own work. The camera captures his form in miniature and in nature, similar to how the songbirds were most likely lost within larger scenes of foliage within the stereographs.

Related Exhibition Dates:
On view at Pomona College Museum of Art through December 22, 2013
On view at Santa Barbara Museum of Art through January 12, 2014
On view at LACMA through February 2, 2014

More information:
John Divola: As Far as I Could Get (at LACMA and Beyond) by Linda Theung LACMA

Santa Barbara Press Release

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