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John Divola – Artist Lecture

Posted in Fine Art, Fine art, Landscape, Lecutre, Photography, Relationships by linhdy on December 6, 2010

I was extremely excited to listen to the very influential photographer John Divola lecture on Sunday at the downtown Museum of Contemporary Art.  Despite the lack of ventilation in the stuffy Ahmanson Auditorium, Divola plowed through an hour-long lecture on his artwork dating from his humble beginnings as a graduate student at the University of Califorian in Los Angeles to his current work as he continues to teach photography at the University of California in Riverside.  He appeared very relaxed speaking in front the intimate crowd, no surprise coming from a professor.

The most interesting part of any artist lecture, is hearing and seeing the artist talk about their work and the evolution of their art as their thought process changes.  From Divola’s older work up until his most recent was very consistent in his exploration how humankind interacts with the natural environment and his constant exploration of the abandoned spaces, the spaces around him and man-made elements within the landscape.

Even to this day, I will still recall how my photography professor showed us his Isolated Houses series– we all looked on in silent.  Divola has an instinctual eye for light and how it shapes the subject matter, and to this day, I still believe his house series is one of his most beautiful for its play on light and color.

In Artificial Nature, Divola selects and exhibits found photographs of fake natural landscapes created for movies.  At first appearing natural and eerie, the movie sets are gorgeous.  Once the viewer takes a closer look and notices the movie set signs and the painted background, the whole gig is up.

john-divola-artificial-nature

Ori Gersht: Just like a foggy memory…

Posted in Fine Art, Photography by linhdy on January 24, 2010

When I first saw Ori Gersht’s work on the Mummery + Schnelle’s website, her photos were displayed so small that I brushed them aside as uninteresting. But when I accidentally enlarged one, I was amazed!

His landscapes remind me of a less expansive Albert Bierstadt painting– but more foreboding; strange is about to happen. Some scenes are airy, hard to see– they make me strain my eyes. But when I see, I’ll admit I am amazed. It’s worth the effort. The images are romantic tinged with possibility, mystery, and fantasy. In his painterly photographs, a strange tension hangs in the air. And for me, that’s all the more reasons to keep looking; the longer I look, the more I see.

Fade to Light, Ori Gersht (2009)

Fade to Light, Ori Gersht (2009)

Hide and Seek: Swamp, Ori Gersht, 2009

Hide and Seek: Swamp, Ori Gersht, 2009

Hide and Seek: Boatman, Ori Gersht (2009)

Hide and Seek: Boatman, Ori Gersht (2009)

Falling Bird, Untitled No. 1, Ori Gersht (2009)

Falling Bird, Untitled No. 1, Ori Gersht (2009)

Falling Bird, Untitled No. 8, Ori Gersht (2008)

Falling Bird, Untitled No. 8, Ori Gersht (2008)


(Doesn’t the above one remind you of a Marilyn Minter photo or painting?)

More on Gersht at the Smithsonian.