Lucky 13: Thirteen Approaches to Photography
September 5 - September 29, 2007.
Reception: Thursday, September 6, Noon - 1 PM.
"Lucky 13: Thirteen Approaches to Photography" features artists from multiple generations who produce photographic images.
The show includes recent work by Norman Abbey, Robin Banks, Kireilyn Barber, Wilhelm Bleckmann, Matt Farris, Rachel Fermi, Linda Hoover, Matthew Jordan, Victoria Martin, Mike Mims, Roland Percey, Julia Schlosser and Mark Takeuchi. All of these artists are faculty members in the Pasadena City College Division of Visual Arts and Media Studies.
Reflecting the diversity of PCC’s photography offerings, the work on view draws from a variety of approaches to photography, including photojournalism and graphic design, as well as contemporary fine art.
Among the works on view are Norman Abbey’s digital composites that incorporate elements from photography, painting and graphic design. Rachel Fermi’s stunning “cutout” images, photographed in the Mojave Desert, similarly utilize digital media to dramatic effect. Using the camera and the computer to shift the image within the traditional frame of a photograph, Fermi explores the perceptual effects of employing the cutout as a crop for the image.
Both Julia Schlosser and Victoria Martin employ centuries-old photographic techniques to produce their images. Schlosser creates cyanotype photograms from objects that her friends associate with their pets. These remarkable images elucidate the complicated relationships between people and their pets. Victoria Martin has embarked on an ambitious project: to photograph every tree on the grass meridian of Sierra Madre Boulevard in East Pasadena. Martin’s exquisite cyanotype images of trees pay homage to Anna Atkins’s cyanotypes of botanical plants and Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photographs of industrial structures.
Linda Hoover pursues the sublime in two visually explosive landscape photographs, while Wilhelm Bleckmann’s years of experience as a photojournalist are evident in four small, candid images of children. Kireilyn Barber explores space and perception through interior and exterior photographs of environments that build upon the work of Uta Barth.
Matthew Jordan shows two images from his series “Music for the Sheeple,” which loosely explores life in Los Angeles in the age of advertising. Jordan utilizes different genres of photography to elaborate his theme. Mark Takeuchi is interested in the musical practice of re-mixing. He “self-appropriates” his own former commercial photography and combines the images into diptychs to recontextualize the meaning of his images.
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