Friday, October 29, 2010

Kopeikin Openings

Two concurrent shows open tomorrow at Kopeikin Gallery (reminder - it moved to Culver City) from 6-8pm. I know it's short notice but we're in luck. There will be another opening reception for both next Saturday the 6th at the same time if you can't make it tomorrow.

Deanna Templeton: Scratch My name On Your Arm

Lara Jo Regan: Drive-Thru

Eggleston @ LACMA

To coincide with the largest retrospective of Eggleston's work now (starting Sunday) on view at LACMA, there are two upcoming screenings I thought you'd like to know about. Strangely scheduled for Halloween, William Eggleston in the Real World will be screened on Sunday.

Then, on Tuesday, Eggleston's own film, Stranded in Canton screens at Cinefamily at 8pm.

All details for both here.

Quote of the Week - Bruce Lee

"I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized."

- Bruce Lee

Yes, that Bruce Lee.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Soundtrack: Deerhunter

Thinking about things, Bradford Cox may be my favorite musician of the last 5 years or so. Whether with Deerhunter or as Atlas Sound, everything hits and there's not much else I'd rather edit photos to. Helicopter is the winner on the new Deerhunter album, Halcyon Digest.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Opening Thursday - Josef Hoflehner @ Stephen Cohen

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Opening Thursday at Stephen Cohen from 6-9 pm:

The Stephen Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce Sublime, Josef Hoflehner’s most recent black & white photographs from both his Jet Airliner series, and the urban landscapes for which he has become well-known. Many of the images from the exhibition are included in his publications, Jet Airliner, and Unleashed 3, which will be available for purchase. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Hoflehner’s project, Jet Airliner was shot on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where the Island’s famously short landing strip requires commercial jets to fly low over sunbathing tourists, and airplane enthusiasts, capturing fantastic images of what appear to be digitally manipulated scenes. The photographer’s urban landscapes of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Russia, Venice, Italy, and Rio de Janeiro, all shot within the last year, highlight man’s hand on the natural setting.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Quote of the Week - Johan Croneman

"Let's not mind the artist's words too much: it's actually up to us. It's all right if they want to join the discussion, but they don't get right of way. Tough, but too bad."

Johan Croneman


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Opening: Herb Ritts - 25 Years @ Fahey Klein

Herb Ritts - 25 Years - Fashion opens tonight at Fahey Klein from 7-9 p.m.

"The Herb Ritts Archive has been stored in a vault since his untimely passing in 2002. All of the photographs on view are original prints made during his lifetime. Many of the photographs in the exhibition have seldom, if ever, been seen by the public. A limited number of prints exist of each image, and in some instances, only one print is available for sale. This exhibition represents an overview of Ritts’ influential and expansive output in the world of photography."

Opening Sat - Michal Chelbin @ M+B

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The opening for Michal Chelbin's The Black Eye is this Saturday at M+B from 6-8 pm. Think of it as a nice segue from Catherine Opie's football players that just came down at LACMA.

The Black Eye
recalls classical images of athletes, but with a twist. Unlike traditional pictures of wrestlers that exalt the physical form and seek to reveal some transcendent ideal, Chelbin's formally composed photographs are grounded in their nowness. The subjects—young Eastern European athletes of professional wrestling schools—are exhausted, sweaty, bruised and bored, photographed in their first few minutes of recovery. This moment, when the sitters discard public personae, is when Chelbin releases the shutter, revealing the disunion between fantasy and reality. Foregoing digital manipulation or cropping, Chelbin's photographs reveal a measured intimacy within a genuine timeline.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Anyone need a gig? - Photo LA

My friend Angie sent me this today so sharing the opportunity:

I am sending out this email because we have a part or full time (30-40 hours) position available helping to produce Art and Photo LA.

I am looking for someone who has production experience as well as knowledge of the fine art- photography community within LA.

Some of the responsibilities will include:
  • Production assistance in planning the opening night benefits- including VIP programming
  • Helping to secure food sponsors for the opening night benefits
  • Exhibitor services support- managing requests

I would be very appreciative if you could pass this email on to any friends you have that may be interested.

Also feel free to re-post this on your Facebook profile.

Please contact me for further details or questions.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Angie:

Friday, October 8, 2010


From this article by the AP:

A piece of artwork denounced as obscene by church members and allegedly ripped up by a Montana woman using a crowbar won't be returned to display because of safety concerns, city officials said Thursday.

Kathleen Folden, 56, of Kalispell, Mont., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of criminal mischief. Witnesses told police that she used a crowbar to smash glass shielding the print at the Loveland Museum Gallery and then tore part of it up.

Folden, a truck driver, told police that she drove from Montana and bought a crowbar in Loveland before going to the museum to destroy the artwork, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Coloradoan in Fort Collins.

Police said the damaged part includes what critics say was a depiction of Jesus Christ engaged in a sex act.

So this nutcase (the t-shirt she was wearing read "Tough as Nails") was released on $350 bond and faces penalties of up to $2,000. Who's willing to bet a religious group will happily help her out with that? In fact, her bail was posted anonymously.

So, not so bad for her. And the government gets some revenue.

And what happens to the artist, Enrique Chagoya, who is a professor at Stanford? His work gets pulled and he doesn't get reimbursed for its loss. Way to enable, Loveland Museum Gallery. So much for free speech.

If you'd like to see another, uncensored piece of Chagoya's, his Uprising of the Spirit, pictured above is on display now at LACMA.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cartier-Bresson @ Peter Fetterman

Peter Fetterman Gallery presents Henri Cartier Bresson:

In celebration of the its 20-year anniversary, the Peter Fetterman Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson: Eye of The Century by renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. This exhibition runs from October 8, 2010 to January 8, 2011.

When Peter Fetterman founded his gallery in 1990, Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of his cornerstone photographers along with Cornell Capa, Willy Ronis, Eduard Boubat and SebastiĆ£o Salgado. Fetterman launched his collection with Cartier-Bresson’s famous image Sringar. He eventually went to Paris to meet the master. Fetterman built a personal relationship with the photographer that lasted fourteen years until Cartier-Bresson’s passing but continues today through his wife Martine Franck. Fetterman was given this unique opportunity and through it he was able to encourage Cartier-Bresson to print images that had never been printed before including Queen Charlotte’s Ball and Bolshoi Ballet.

Peter Fetterman Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue #A7, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

William Wylie @ Hous Projects LA

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William Wylie's show, Carrera is currently on view at Hous Projects LA at the PDC through Nov. 11th.

Image.Architecture.Now @ Woodbury U.

This Saturday at Woodbury University's Julius Shulman Institute, what looks to be an excellent panel on the relation of images to architecture or vice verse will take place. Later that day, an exhibition curated by Audrey Landreth of works by 10 photographers whose work deals with "documenting the experience of space" opens from 6-9pm. The show runs through Oct. 23.


Julius Shulman
Livia Corona
Chris Mottalini
Jason Schmidt
Iwan Baan
Sze Tsung Leong
Catherine Opie
James Welling
Luisa Lambri
David Leventi
Victoria Sambunaris

Click the flyer for details.

Reminds me of this conversation between Herzog and Wall, that I own.

Quote of the Week - Wendell Berry

"They limit our comfort; they drain away the subtle corruption of being smug; they make us a little afraid, for they suggest always the presence of the unknown, what lies outside the picture and beyond eyesight; they suggest the possibility of the sudden accesses of delight, vision, beauty, joy that entice us to keep alive and reward us for living; they can serve as spiritual landmarks in the pilgrimage to the earth that each one of us must undertake alone."

- Wendell Berry

Feature - Josh Separzadeh

Josh Separzadeh shoots a lot of horror flick inspired stuff but having not really seen a horror film until I was in college (Yes, Scream scared the crap out of me, so there you go) I'm more drawn to his more tame shots: