Last week to see Phantoms in the Dirt, group exhibition with work by Matthew Brandt at Museum of Contemporary Photography in Columbia College, Chicago.
The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity in rugged landscapes. Searching for phantoms in the dirt, so to speak, their works reckon with the facts of matter, the nature of photographic imagery, and the forces (sometimes invisible) that leave their mark on our surroundings. In doing so, they are also considering how the visible and the tangible—or sometimes what our senses can’t apprehend at all—shape our encounters with the world around us or generate mutable senses of meaning. Perhaps tellingly, their work is often both matter-of-fact and mysterious, an empirical approach even giving way to atmospheric or inscrutable results. At the same time, these works offer a range of outlooks on the possibilities of photography and sculpture. One medium would seem to favor the aloof image, the other matter itself; both, however, offer myriad ways to examine, or grapple with, the material world, whether at its most substantial or elusive. 
Guest curated by Karsten Lund (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago).
Artists: Jeremy Bolen, Matthew Brandt, Shannon Ebner, Assaf Evron, Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes, Joachim Koester, Harold MendezRichard Mosse, Eileen Mueller, Arthur Ou, Alison Rossiter, Adam Schreiber, Daniel Shea, Greg Stimac, Shane Ward.
On view: Jul 24 — Oct 5, 2014
 

Last week to see Phantoms in the Dirt, group exhibition with work by Matthew Brandt at Museum of Contemporary Photography in Columbia College, Chicago.

The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity in rugged landscapes. Searching for phantoms in the dirt, so to speak, their works reckon with the facts of matter, the nature of photographic imagery, and the forces (sometimes invisible) that leave their mark on our surroundings. In doing so, they are also considering how the visible and the tangible—or sometimes what our senses can’t apprehend at all—shape our encounters with the world around us or generate mutable senses of meaning. Perhaps tellingly, their work is often both matter-of-fact and mysterious, an empirical approach even giving way to atmospheric or inscrutable results. At the same time, these works offer a range of outlooks on the possibilities of photography and sculpture. One medium would seem to favor the aloof image, the other matter itself; both, however, offer myriad ways to examine, or grapple with, the material world, whether at its most substantial or elusive. 

Guest curated by Karsten Lund (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago).

Artists: Jeremy Bolen, Matthew Brandt, Shannon Ebner, Assaf Evron, Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes, Joachim Koester, Harold Mendez
Richard Mosse, Eileen Mueller, Arthur Ou, Alison Rossiter, Adam Schreiber, Daniel Shea, Greg Stimac, Shane Ward.

On view: Jul 24 — Oct 5, 2014

 

See Matthew Porter in one of FotoFocus 2014 Biennial featured exhibitions. “Stills” opens this Friday, September 26 at Michael Lowe Gallery. 
As a complement to Screenings, Stills expands the dialogue between the still and the moving image from the perspective of still photography. Stills, presenting works by approximately ten contemporary artists, explores the idea of the photograph as an isolated instant in time. Artists engage different techniques to emphasize the “freeze frame” nature of photography. Moyra Davey (whose work also appears in Screenings) explores the serialization of images, presenting single images as meditations on a common theme. Daniel Gustav Cramer and Paul Graham create photographic story boards, assembling multiple images to suggest cinematic narrative. Multiple perspectives on a single moment may be seen in multi-panel works by Talia Chetrit and Barbara Probst, while Ryan McGinley and Matt Porter boil the moment down to a single, dramatically-staged, stop-action frame. Finally, John Stezaker develops the rapid-fire slideshow to reveal the vast output of repetitive imagery in the world and to call attention to our incessant absorption of this flow.

Stills explores the photograph as an essential component in the varied visual environments we inhabit from moment to moment. Each of the works exhibited approaches the seamless naturalism of the moving image, stopping short of that experience for a more studied, analytical rumination of our ever-changing world.

See Matthew Porter in one of FotoFocus 2014 Biennial featured exhibitions. “Stills” opens this Friday, September 26 at Michael Lowe Gallery

As a complement to Screenings, Stills expands the dialogue between the still and the moving image from the perspective of still photography. Stills, presenting works by approximately ten contemporary artists, explores the idea of the photograph as an isolated instant in time. Artists engage different techniques to emphasize the “freeze frame” nature of photography. Moyra Davey (whose work also appears in Screenings) explores the serialization of images, presenting single images as meditations on a common theme. Daniel Gustav Cramer and Paul Graham create photographic story boards, assembling multiple images to suggest cinematic narrative. Multiple perspectives on a single moment may be seen in multi-panel works by Talia Chetrit and Barbara Probst, while Ryan McGinley and Matt Porter boil the moment down to a single, dramatically-staged, stop-action frame. Finally, John Stezaker develops the rapid-fire slideshow to reveal the vast output of repetitive imagery in the world and to call attention to our incessant absorption of this flow.

Stills explores the photograph as an essential component in the varied visual environments we inhabit from moment to moment. Each of the works exhibited approaches the seamless naturalism of the moving image, stopping short of that experience for a more studied, analytical rumination of our ever-changing world.

Buy your tickets for Sexy Beast: a gala evening to benefit Planned Parenthood Los Angeles at the Theater in Ace Hotel this Saturday, September 20, 7:00 pm.

September 20th, 2014 7-10pm

Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA

929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90015

Hosted by Jack Black

Performance by Ryan Heffington

Auction by Eliza Osborne

Sexy Beast Award Recipient Jenny Slate


Live and silent auction features works by Matthew Brandt, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Judith Bernstein, Math Bass, Sebastian Black, Andrea Bowers, John Connor, Matt Connors, Mira Dancy, Sam Durant, Sam Falls, Ryan Foerster, Jen Guidi, Karl Haendel, Ryan Heffington, Alex Hubbard, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Sean Kennedy, Barbara Kruger, Mimi Lauter, Calvin Marcus, Dianna Molzan, Sam Moyer, Alex Olson, Laura Owens, Jon Pestoni, Kour Pour, Joe Reihsen, Ed Ruscha, Kaari Upson, Mary Weatherford, Pae White, Christopher Williams, and Jonas Wood.