Wonderful Lies - A Summer Show

July 7 – August 14, 2015

Corinne Vionnet, Al-Gizah, 2014
35.4 x 47.25 inch archival pigment print
Edition of 6

Robert Toren, Frida/Patti (After Imogen Cunningham and Robert Mapplethorpe, 2013
15 x 15 inch pigment print
Edition of 25

Farrah Karapetian, The Three Muses, 2014
75.5 x 48.5 inch unique chromogenic photogram

Will Adler, Tahiti, 2009
37 x 54 inch archival pigment print
Edition of 8

 

Jim Krantz, Epic Western #5, 2015
36 x 72 inch c-print
Edition of 7

Christopher Bucklow, Tetrarch 10:34 am, July 20, 2008
60 x 40 inch unique cibachrome print

Jack Pierson, Untitled Collage (JP1), 1998
36 x 29 inch C-print and tape collage

Enoc Perez, Untitled, 2015
62.5 x 43 inch unique hand cut & painted collage over pigment print

Liz Nielsen, Untitled
20 x 24 inch unique chromogenic photogram

Liz Nielsen, Dinosaur Egg
20 x 24 inch unique chromogenic photogram

Susan Derges, Descending Moon Bridge, 2013
69 x 32 inch digital c-print
Edition of 3

Enoc Perez, Untitled, 2015
25.75 x 19.5 inch unique hand cut & painted collage over pigment print

Enoc Perez, Untitled, 2015
25.75 x 19.5 inch unique hand cut & painted collage over pigment print

Thierry Cohen, San Francisco 37° 48’ 30’’ N 2010-10-09 1st 20:58
39 x 60 inch pigment print
Edition of 3

Will Adler, Girls in Baja, 2014
58 x 41 inch pigment print
Edition of 8

Karen Knorr, Solitude of the Soul, Udaipur City Palace, 2011
23.5 x 30 inch pigment print
Edition of 5

Karen Knorr, Attaining Moksha, Ajanta Caves, Ajanta, 2011
23.5 x 30 inch pigment print
Edition of 5

Michael Light, Golden State Freeway Looking Southeast Over San Fernando Pass
40 x 50 inch pigment print
Edition of 10

Hendrik Kerstens, Cream, 2015
50 x 40 inch pigment print
Edition of 5

Hendrik Kerstens, Mop, 2014
50 x 40 inch pigment print
Edition of 5

Ian Ruhter, Tunnel View Yosemite, 2012
27 x 40 inch pigment print
Edition of 30

Hisaji Hara, A Study of "The Salon", 2009
30 x 36 inch archival pigment print
Edition of 7

Susan Derges, Star Field Bridge, 2013
60 x 34 inch digital c-print
Edition of 3

Karen Knorr, Bakhti and the Path of Saints, Shiva Temple, Hampi, 2012
48 x 60 inch pigment print
Edition of 5

Hendrik Kerstens, Napkin, February 2009
60 x 48 inch pigment print
Edition of 5

Corinne Vionnet, Agra, from the series "Photo Opportunities"
15 x 20 inch pigment print
Edition of 6

Corinne Vionnet, Mecca, from the series "Photo Opportunities"
15 x 20 inch pigment print
Edition of 6

Liz Nielsen, Canoe
38 x 29.5 inch unique chromogenic photogram

Christopher Bucklow, Tetrarch 12:59 pm, September 23, 2011
40 x 60 inch unique cibachrome print

Press Release

 

Wonderful Lies – A Summer Show

July 7 – August 14, 2015

For our 25th summer show, the gallery is presenting a group show of gallery artists that looks at the way much of today’s photography can be both wonderful - and a lie. Through the use of Photoshop, digital printing, and the increasing movement of the medium towards the subjective – photographers are more than ever constructing, conceptualizing, and experimenting with process and scale. 

Rather than being a medium dedicated to observing and recording the world as it appears before the camera, much of the most interesting work being done today deals with innovative ideas and fictions.  Some bounce off the internet (Corinne Vionnet), others engage more pointedly with the history of painting (Hendrik Kerstens and Hisaji Hara), while others respond to the end of production of their original materials by finding innovative new means of production (Susan Derges and Christopher Bucklow).

All this has ushered in a new chapter in photography where wondrous and magical images are being created.  Karen Knorr places fearsome animals in opulent Indian interiors.  Thierry Cohen reunites the no longer visible starry skies with their home cities.  Robert Toren creates an impossible but totally plausible mash-up of two icons.  Farrah Karapetian creates vibrant life size cameraless works of musicians and instruments that hum with energy and color.

Blending mediums, Liz Nielsen combines photogram with collage while Enoc Perez layers hand cut and painted shapes onto images that women have posted of themselves on social media.  Jim Krantz’s heroic cowboys and Ian Ruhter’s large scale collodion prints continue to propagate their own western myths while aerial photographer Michael Light and surf photographer Will Adler bring a luminous modernist perspective to land and water. 

Recognizing that photography has no claim to the truth need not be seen as discrediting the medium but rather as opening the doors to the freedom of imagination.