PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS BY CRISTOPHER CICHOCKI, JAY MARK JOHNSON & OSCEOLA REFETOFF
AN OFFICIAL MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY LOS ANGELES EXHIBITION
The earth’s landscapes are both eternal and ever-changing. Human activity in the Anthropocene has reworked the character of the topography in majestic, surreal, and troubling ways. Salt flats, strip mines, and the cracks of dry lake beds offer mysterious, often painterly surfaces that tether the universe to intimate experience. Dust on the horizon, in the air, and under our feet catches the light, refracts and radiates. These three artists use photography and photogenic means to both depict and evoke the visual and geological territory of the new terrestrial normal.
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MAGIC AND REALISM
Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot
A Featured MOPLA Event (Month of Photography Los Angeles)
TWO DAYS ONLY April 18-19 12-5pm
Opening Reception April 18 7-10pm
MAGIC AND REALISM
Magic, truth, objectivity, reality. What differentiates photography from other visual art forms is its indelible, inescapably direct relationship to the external world. This tether is both a semiotic and technological constriction, a challenge that has given rise to a seemingly endless debate about photography’s status as a “fine art” rather than say, an “applied art” -- and is ultimately also the source of its unique, evolving appeal.
The pairing of work by photographers Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff -- contemporaries working independently -- explores photography’s paradoxical capacity to simultaneously document and interpret the world around us, to elicit fresh details and construct new experiences and narratives from its raw materials. The interaction between their work is particularly well suited to exploring this dynamic, because Brewer and Refetoff are uncannily drawn to many of the same specific topographies of desert and industry, yet they return with vastly different works of art.
Some of these differences result from the intentionality of how they work. Brewer could be said to work somewhat loosely, guided more by cultivated serendipity than by an agenda -- his camera functioning as an extension of an intuitive attention, his series grouped by evocative formal or narrative suggestions in a subsequent process sorting the harvest of his wanderlust. Refetoff, for his part, sets out in a nearly cinematic quest for certain specific stories he feels require telling, set against and among the details and vistas of an archetypal set of lands -- speaking directly to how humans have historically manipulated these lands throughout the mythology of the American West.
By considering them together, it is our hope that not only will further facets of their individual practices be highlighted, but so will certain fundamental circumstances of their shared medium’s paradoxical ability to preserve evidence of actual events while sustaining personal interpretation, in so doing reconciling documentation and invention, experience and imagination -- and, by somehow showing more than can be seen, to reconcile magic and realism. –Shana Nys Dambrot
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A museum for animal lovers of all ages, the new National Museum of Animals and Society is hosting a two-part Fundraiser Exhibition:
The mission of the exhibit, curated by Peter Frank and Delia Cabral, is to raise awareness about our relationship with rabbits, both the animals and what they have come to symbolize in our human experience. Prepare yourself for the cute, the grotesque, the beautiful...and everything in between! The exhibit will explore our perceptions of rabbits as individual beings, muses, companions, and as dynamic cultural symbols.
Peter Frank, Los Angeles Art Critic
Delia Cabral, Exhibit Producer
Adonna Khare, Bibi Davidson, Bogdan Dumitrica, Brian Duda , Corrie Gregory, Dana Feagin, Daniela Schweitzer, Dave Ghilarducci , Debra Broz, Doug Uyesaka, Georgie Flood, Gretchen Ryan, Heather Mattoon, Inge Dehenin, Jane O’Hara, Karen Florito, Karrie Ross, Kathryn Pitt, Kim McCarty, Kim Tucker, Lara Regan, Marina Hebert, Mark Gleason, Mary McGilli, Michelle Page, Michelle Waters, Moniuque Rebelle, NAMAAK Collective, Nancy Lane, Nina Salerno (aka: Perfect Reject), Osceola Refetoff, Paul W Evans, Paula De La Cruz, Penny Collins, Rafael Perea De la Cabada, Raul Contreras, Rebecca Midford, Rhea Korito, Rikki Niehaus, Sally Ann Field, Salomon Huerta, Sarah Hardt, Sarah Stone, Susan Coates, Suzanne Walsh, Trine Churchill, Valerie Daval
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Contact: Delia Cabral, (310) 770-2525, firstname.lastname@example.org
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