Photographs from the opening of
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGINARY
Nine Approaches to Photography Today
Nan Rae Gallery
Curated by Vincent Johnson
This exhibition features an artist who has won a Tiffany in photography and who is publishing a book on the films of Antonioni. It features an artist who is on the short list of the next Shanghai Biennial. This artist has already had one person shows in China. It features artists who are also award winners in Hollywood and the commercial arts. It features painters, photographers, filmmakers and video artists. It features the works of an artist who is also a rising star independent curator. It features an artist born in England who is a photographer and videomaker and who is also an institutional curator in Los Angeles. It features a photographer who studied at Yale. All but one artist in the exhibition has an MFA from a prominent Southern California art school or university. That artist studied in New York. It features six African American women artists. It features an award winning artist and designer based in Portland. It features three Art Center College of Design MFAs. The exhibition catalog and zine are in progress. It will feature something I’ve never seen in Los Angeles, a collection of interviews of artists in the exhibition, almost all of whom are artists of color. The interviews trace each artist’s creative life from their first recollections to the present. It features an artist from Lima, Peru. The exhibition catalog will of course document the exhibition, but it will also contain an essay on Photography and Time and a piece on how certain animals and birds perception of time is different than humans. The zine will contain the responses to the artist questionnaire. This too is something I’ve never seen in a publication of Los Angeles artists. It’s something that happened often in Europe and was used by curators in New York as a tool to help understand the artist’s work and unnveiled the philosophical positions on how they see their art. The exhibition will have a selection of additional works in an online only show. Up the road I plan on doing more interviews and inviting more artists to answer the questionnaire on photography and a new one I’m developing for art. The opening was well attended and included dealers, collectors and art writers amidst the many art lovers who spent last Sunday afternoon seeing so much new and great photo-based work. The show looks really great. Everyone who wants to see what an older generation of sharp, gifted and talented Los Angeles Artists is up to should come check out this amazing show. Thanks. Vincent Johnson.
Kathie Foley- Meyer 25. Citizen\Soldier. 2017 Mixed media installation, vellum photos printed on acrylic, electrical components,particle hah d board, video. 95” x 73.5”
Isabelle Lutterodt 19. Meditation on Stillness. 2017 Video.
George Porcari 26. Softinstant 9 Transit Exit. 2017 Archival digital print (red car on bottom). 38” x 32” 27. Softinstant 6 (painting for tourist). 2017 Archival digital print (red cones on top). 38” x 32”
Buena Johnson 20. Rain Carnivale’. 2016 Photo on Metal. 16” x 20” 21. “Ride On” by BUENA. 2016 Photo on Metal. 16” x 20” 22. Downtown Shuffle. 2016 Photograph on Metal 16” x 20” 23. Neon Symphony. 2016 Photo on Metal. 16” x 20” 24. Eighth Note. 2016 Photo on Metal. 16” x 20”
Salvatore Reda m. 1.The Ship. 2017 Wood, color inkjet prints, metal hardware. 38” x 20”
Glen Wilson 18. Mpanjono, Ambina sy Bahary (Morondava) version 1. 1997-2017 Archival Ink-Jet Prints (on Hahnemuhle), mounted on sintra 69” x 53”
Toni Scott 9. Scream One. 2017 Mixed Media 48” x 72” 10. Scream Two. 2017 Mixed Media 48” x 72”
Derrick Maddox n, 2. for whom the son sets free. 2017 Large handmade paper sheet with composite image photo of my neighborhood torn it bbsections and embedded within the paper itself, smaller handmade paper sheets, acrylic bbpaint, house paint, oil stick, sharpie, latex glove, photo clipping, from 1950’s to 1960’s bboriginal (Life and Time) magazine articles on black life in America. bb bb18.5” x 33.5” x .25” 3. Stuc. 2017 Mixed media collage, digital composite transfer on found cardboard, oil stick, acrylic paint, nbdirt. b30” x 27” 4. Aaah! S.W.I.L.A. (Some Where In Los Angeles). 2017 Mixed media photo sculpture, a photo of random stain on sidewalk, photo transferred on hhMDF, Oil stick, acrylic paint, plastic baby foot, found object (toy flag), mounted on “The nbPerfect Pineapple” fruit box found in my neighborhood, filled with bread slicked. b b15.375” x 13.25” x 9” 5. Oh Say (that you can sang). 2017 Mixed media photo sculpture, photo, found object, acrylic paint, original floor jack from my 1968 Ranchero. 40” x 24.5”
14. Hello. 2014 C Print.
24” x 16”
15. Mokeying Around. 2013
36” x 24”
16. Progeny. 2013
C Print. NFS
16” x 24”
17. Isaiah59:17. 2014
C Print. 18” x 24”
Vincent Johnson 6. Soviet Space. 2017 Archival digital photographic print in black frame. 43” x 23” 7. Mexican Los Angeles (Dream). 2017 Archival digital photographic print in white frame. 44” x 34” 8. Korean Los Angele(Dream).2017 Archival digital photographic print in white frame. 44” x 34”
Exhibiting Artist Kathie Foley-Meyer with her work and Exhibiting Artist Buena Johnson in foreground.
Exhibiting Artist Toni Scott and Exhibiting Artist Adrienne DeVine
Isabelle Lutterodt 19. Meditation on Stillness. 2017 Video.
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGINARY:
The title of the exhibition alludes to the question of what is the photographic imaginary today.
The overarching theme of the photographic imaginary is essentially photography in its myriad manifestations from ideas of photography to conception and print.
This exhibition will explore several forms of the photographic imaginary, from the real to the unreal, from the dream to what appears to be unaltered and direct photographic truth.
The exhibited works are photo-based, not strictly only photography. There is both assemblage sculpture and video onboard.
The photographic imaginary is also the conscious state of having taken a photograph with the mind or the camera, but the image not yet being in the world in print.
The exhibition does not need or even ask for work of that speaks to any particular subject, as it is each artist’s individual contemporary vision is the subject of the exhibition as platform for photographic visions.
The exhibition takes on Matisse‘s remark “Exactitude is not truth” as a challenge.
The exhibition opens March 12, 2017 at the Nan Rae Gallery at Woodbury University and will be available for viewing from March 10, 2017.
There will be a catalog published by Woodbury University, containing essays by George Porcari on Photography and Time, Glen Wilson on How Time is Perceived and Vincent Johnson on The Photographic Imaginary. The catalog will also contain the transcribed artist’s audio interviews and exhibition documentation photography by Glen Wilson and Vincent Johnson. The catalog design and Social Media presence is designed by exhibiting artist Salvatore Reda.
A zine containing the responses to the artist questionnaire will also be published, with the possibility of a distinct one per artist.
A WordPress website will document the exhibition.
Today is March 6, 2017. Installation day.
This page will be updated starting today with documentation of the installation, by the installation crew from Hauser & Wirth gallery, Los Angeles.
Thanks for reading.
Vincent Johnson, curator, THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGINARY