photo-installation 1980/94, Lorraine O’Grady , Cibachrome prints
“Attention to framing, both literal and
metaphorical, is key to understanding Conceptual artist Lorraine
O'Grady’s 1980/1994 photographic installation Miscegenated
Family Album. On first glance, the work’s pairing of family photos
with ancient statues of Nefertiti seems an elaborate and fantastic
way to establish royal lineage, but this family album has little to
do with genealogy. Instead it is a subtle recounting of O'Grady’s
strained relationship with her older sister, Devonia, a rift that
was not resolved before Devonia’s untimely death at 37. O'Grady
finds a striking parallel between her sister and Nefertiti, who
disappeared in her late thirties, leaving behind six children and
her younger sister Mutnedjmet. All the images in the album are
scaled identically, eliminating hierarchy and reinforcing a poetic
link between the two families.”
British artists and twin sisters Jane and Louise Wilson utilize photography and other media to revisit locations associated with recent European history. Their Sealander series, from 2006, features bunkers erected by Hitler along the European Atlantic coast during World War II. The Wilsons’ eerie photographs of these abandoned monuments are on view through July 2 at the Getty Center.
Lori Nix is a photographer and printer based in Brooklyn, NY who has been building dioramas and then photographing them since the early 1990s, and whose work has been widely collected and exhibited internationally. Nix considers herself a “faux landscape photographer,” and her work is influenced by extreme weather and disaster films. She works without digital manipulation, using miniatures and models to create surreal scenes and landscapes, building dioramas that range from 20 inches to six feet in diameter. They take several months to build, and two to three weeks to photograph, using a large format 8 × 10 film camera. Nix works with her partner Kathleen Gerber, a trained glass artist, at home in Brooklyn, NY, constructing most of the scenery by hand from scratch, using “foam and glue and paint and anything else handy.” After the final photograph is made, Nix harvests the diorama for pieces for future use and then destroys it. Nix and Gerber also design and fabricate sets for video. The series The City is a post-apocalyptic vision wherein Nix explores what it would be like to be one of the last remaining people living in a city, imagining indoor urban scenes. (src. Wikipedia)
On view through this Sunday, May 14, Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s spotlights the work of many key artists during this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ross Bleckner, Robert Colescott, Eric Fischl, Keith Haring, Sherrie Levine, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Rothenberg, David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Terry Winters, and Martin Wong, among others. It was a time when painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world, revealing itself to be full of possibility and thriving. Through exuberant work that engaged with the heroic gesture or pop imagery, artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, offering new interpretations. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war.
This has to be one of the most surreal places I’ve been to. “The Silent People” in Suomussalmi, FInland. By artist Reijo Kela. If you took all the clothes away, all you would be left with is a bunch of grave-like crosses standing in a field.