Upcoming Exhibition: "Specter of Documentation" at Durden & Ray Gallery

Curated by Jenny Hager, Jennifer Celio, and Valerie Wilcox
Artists: Sydney Croskery, Dani Dodge, Marielle Farnan, Ed Gomez, Claudia Parducci, Sabine Pearlman, Liza Ryan, Curtis Stage, Joe Wolek, Steven Wolkoff, and Tim Youd.

'SPECTER OF DOCUMENTATION' AT DURDEN AND RAY
Opening reception: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 7-10 p.m. 
Run of show: Oct. 13 - Nov. 3, 2018 
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m. and by appointment 
Location: Durden and Ray, 1206 Maple Ave. #832, Los Angeles, CA 90015 

Specter: appearance, to look at, a phantom, a threatening or haunting possibility

Documentation: the gathering, collation, synopsizing and coding of printed material for future reference; the orderly presentation, organization and communication of recorded special knowledge to produce a historical record of changes in variables; the act or instance of the provision of documents or supporting references or records. 

Specter and documentation, upon first consideration, could seem to be the antithesis of one another. Specter deals in the ephemeral appearance of possibility with poignant undertones, while documentation traditionally resides in the orderly, matter-of-fact recording, noting, or organization of material to produce a record for future reference. Art chosen for this exhibition exists in the intersection of specter and documentation. It bears the echo of inhabitation and embodies the everyday mundane. Of special interest are works that present an image or object embodying documentary tendencies while a second and incidental reading conjures issues of cultural relevance and controversial debate. 

In tandem with this exploration lies the notion of “soul theft” through photography and camera devices. While the elusive roots of this concept belie its lack of reality amongst anthropological studies, there is a kernel of truth to how the picture taker can extract an essence through the final product, metaphorically presenting the complex haunting prospect of the human condition. The artists in this exhibition, through photography, painting, drawing, video, and installation, investigate the specter of the person left behind. The banal and the extraordinary, residing in the objects and places that humans inhabit, and then abandon. 

SEPT. 13-16 & 20-23, 2018: INTERNAL BALLISTICS at PHOTOVILLE 2018

“Internal Ballistics” explores the discomfiting beauty of morally fraught objects: bullets. In the current climate of the gun debate, what often gets lost is the cause of the destruction. This exhibition expands our understanding of the visceral and physical collision between what we know and understand about guns and gun culture, and what many know as a result of being on the end of the projectile. 

In Deborah Bay’s series “The Big Bang,” examining power, violence and energy, Bay isolates the casings and looks through the lens of impact patterns, remaining detached from the human meaning of projectiles and able to contemplate a willful ignorance of violence. 

“AMMO,” by Sabine Pearlman, takes the analytical approach, compelling the viewer to admire the craftsmanship and intact delicacy of objects whose raison d’être is obliteration. Her documentation of bisected live rounds exposes the intense thought and detail used to cause destruction of life.  

Garrett Hansen’s “Hail” lives in between object and impact. Each image is created from individual bullet holes. Shooting a gun is an individual act, and taking these impacts from shooting range to darkroom, the destruction is transformed into haunting beauty. Living in the void, these objects balance destruction with creation.

Upcoming Exhibition: SEA CHANGE - THE POLITICS OF PLASTIC 2050

I am thrilled to announce that work from my PLASTIK series is going to be part of "Sea Change – The Politics of Plastic 2050" at S.C.R.A.P. Gallery—The Art Museum for the Environment, starting September 23rd, 2018.

According to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, by 2050 plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish.

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EXHIBITION: "DRAGNET: 832" @ Durden And Ray Gallery DTLA

Opening reception: Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7-10 p.m. 

Exhibition: June 30 - July 28, 2018 

Durden and Ray presents “Dragnet: 832", a multidisciplinary exhibition featuring the work of over 40 artists, kicking off the collective’s curatorial programming at their new gallery in Los Angeles’ Fashion District. The move to the Bendix Building places Durden and Ray in the company of numerous other artist-run galleries like JOAN, Chateau Shatto, Monte Vista Projects, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, PØST, and Track 16, as well as countless artist studios and ateliers, creating a hub of art and culture in the 92-year-old industrial building.

“Dragnet: 832” artists include: Kim Alexander, Richard Ankrom, Carlos Beltran Arechiga, Arezoo Bharthania, Carl Berg, Sandow Birk, Jorin Bossen, Rochelle Botello, Gul Cagin, Jennifer Celio, Sijia Chen, Joe Davidson, Dani Dodge, Tom Dunn, Roni Feldman, Yvette Gellis, Ed Gomez, Jenny Hager, Matt Hayward, Ben Jackel, Dion Johnson, Kysa Johnson, Brian Thomas Jones, Gegam Kacherian, Jeremy Kidd & Iva Gueorguieva, David Leapman, Albert Lopez, Jr., Constance Mallinson, Alanna Marcelletti, Abdul Mazid, Rebecca Niederlander, Sean Noyce, Sabine Pearlman, Ty Pownall, Max Presneill, Mei Xian Qui, Umar Rashid, Sam Scharf, Kristine Schomaker, David Spanbock, Curtis Stage, Ami Tallman, Tyler Vlahovich, Valerie Wilcox, Sergio Witrón, Steven Wolkoff, and Alison Woods

"Dragnet: 832" is the second iteration of the show, which was originally conceived by Kio Griffith (Manhattan Beach Art Center, 2014).

 

DETAILS:

'DRAGNET: 832' AT DURDEN AND RAY

Opening reception: Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7-10 p.m. 

Exhibition: June 30 - July 28, 2018 

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 

Location: Durden and Ray, 1206 Maple Ave. #832, Los Angeles, CA 90015

HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY: "Sight Lines: Looking at Guns"

Exhibition: September 26 - November 13, 2016

In the United States, debates surrounding the right to keep and bear arms, as outlined and protected by the Second Amendment, have risen to a fever pitch in recent years. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, between 2010 to 2013 the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. doubled from 5.4 to 10.8 million per year, and as of today, there is estimated to be between 270 and 357 million guns in the United States—ostensibly one for every man, woman, and child. This increase in manufacturing coincides with a rise in mass shootings nationwide. In light of devastating recent events, conversations about the gun’s visibility, accessibility, and impact in our society have become ever-present, and photographs of guns and gun-related violence have been important in shaping these dialogues across the political spectrum.

Sight Lines highlights this discourse through the work of six photographers, who each explore the various cultural implications of the gun from its aesthetic qualities to the wounds it leaves behind. How do images of guns, gun culture, and gun violence shape debates about gun control? What is the difference between portraying abstract and explicit violence? And, how does photography, as both an evidentiary medium and an artistic tool, define and reflect the arguments on both sides? These are some of the questions this exhibition explores.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Shelly Calton, Christopher Colville, Garrett Hansen, An-Sofie Kesteleyn, Sabine Pearlman, Kathy Shorr

LOFT AT LIZ's LOS ANGELES: "GUNS"

Exhibition: September 24th – November 1st, 2016

The Loft at Liz’s Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) debuts its exhibition dedicated to the national dialogue on gun violence on Saturday, September 24th, 2016. The show, titled simply “GUNS”, features an astounding 23 artists’ works on the titular subject.  

This exhibition is jointly curated by art historian Betty Ann Brown, collector Dr. Anita Storm and gallerist Liz Gordon.

Featuring works by John BaldessariJodi BonassiDavid Buckingham, Helen Chung, Joyce Dallal, Cheryl Dullabaun, Shepard FaireyMichael FlechtnerJane GorenMark Steven GreenfieldAlex KritselisMeg MadisonTed MeyerSabine PearlmanOsceola RefetoffMiles RegisMilo ReiceEd RuschaKathy ShorrAnna StumpSenon Williams and Kerri Sabine-Wolf.

PHOTOVILLE 2016: "America, Point Blank"

I am thrilled to have work in this year's Photoville as part of an exhibition, "America, Point Blank”, curated by Stephanie Heimann, Sabine Meyer, and Dustin Drankoski of FOVEA EXHIBITIONS.

PHOTOVILLE photography festival, New York City: September 21st – September 25th, 2016

America, Point Blank.
(of a shot, bullet, or other missile) fired from very close to its target.
“the weapon was accurate beyond point-blank range”
(of a statement or question) blunt and direct; without explanation or qualification.
“a point-blank refusal to discuss the issue”

The summer of 2016 has created a turning point in the conversation about guns in America. Discussions about responsible gun ownership have devolved into political rhetoric. From Donald Trump’s implications about “Second Amendment people” to “I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place,” the violence has dramatically escalated. Civilians and police alike have become victims as bystanders, as targets. The questions remain: How did we get here? How do Americans stop the bloodbath?

BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM: "Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns"

Exhibition: June 24 - October 23, 2016

Guns exert enormous physical, psychological, and symbolic power over Americans. They are a tool to some, a public safety hazard to others. Issues of race, economic inequality, personal protection, as well as the meaning of the Second Amendment and the concepts of Liberty and Justice underpin our deeply held positions on guns. Discussion of their use and regulation exposes deep fissures within communities across our country.

Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns features work by Liu Bolin, Linda Bond, Kyle Cassidy, Madeline Fan, Susan Graham, Jane Hammond, Don Nice, Sabine Pearlman, and Jerilea Zempel. The exhibit delves into our relationship with guns, explores the influence they have on visual artists, and, we hope, will provide a platform for constructive discussion about guns in our society.

More info HERE

January 21-24, 2016: Photo LA Art Fair

I am excited to have work in this year's Photo LA, 25th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, as part of the LACP exhibition booth.

Gala:
Thursday, January 21, 7pm - 10pm

Public Hours:
Friday, January 22, 11am - 7pm
Saturday, January 23, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, January 24, 11am - 6pm

The REEF/LA Mart
1933 Broadway | Los Angeles, CA 90007

GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY: "Bullet Points"

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Bullet Points: Photographs by Deborah Bay, Christopher Colville, Garrett Hansen and Sabine Pearlman

at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA


Exhibition: January 14 – March 6, 2016
Reception: January 14, 7–8:30pm

 

“The paradox at work in each photographers’ body of work shown in “Bullet Points” is that there is an allusion to beauty while indirectly stirring, for the viewer, contrasted ideas of chaos, death, and destruction,” says Paula Tognarelli executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography “Since ancient times the act of violence has held our attention, sometimes to the point of desensitization as in the Roman arena,” she says.

 

For more information on the exhibition, please click HERE.

 

October 17th - November 5th: 2015 SMC Alumni Exhibition

These two pieces are on display at the 2015 SMC Alumni Exhibition.
Opening reception: Saturday, October 17th from 6-8pm
Exhibition: October 17th - November 5th, 2015

 10-08-14, Ode to Edie | 19.75”x14” (framed)

10-08-14, Ode to Edie | 19.75”x14” (framed)

 10-10-14, Ode to Edie | 19.75”x14” (framed)

10-10-14, Ode to Edie | 19.75”x14” (framed)

Feature Shoot feature: "NOSTALGIA"

Curated by Alison Zavos Feature Shoot’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief, this collection of photos truly captures the bittersweet essence of the nostalgic temperament. All photographs are inherently nostalgic, but those that hit the hardest are those that transform something palpably personal into something undeniably universal. Where general sentimentality applies only to the events that occurred in one’s own life, it’s entirely possible to feel nostalgic for something you never had in the first place. A bite from nostalgia bug cuts deeper than one inflicted by homesickness, because in the end, nostalgia brings with it the knowledge that we can never go backwards. The photographs in this show, however, allow us to do just that, if only for a moment.

top: Federpenal 1.0 (Pencil Case 1.0), 2013

Archival pigment print, various sizes, limited edition

bottom: Federtasche 2.0 (Pencil Case 2.0), 2013

Archival pigment print, various sizes, limited edition

View the entire collection of NOSTALGIA here.

Exhibition: "No Risk, No Reward" | April 25-June 6, 2015

"No Risk, No Reward" at galerie102 in Ojai, California.

gallery hours: Thurs-Sat 11-4pm Sun 12-4pm, or by appointment

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