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Rodrigo Valenzuela: New Works for a Post-Worker World

January 8 - February 19

1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA +

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Rodrigo Valenzuela: New Works for a Post-Worker World

January 8 - February 19

 

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce RODRIGO VALENZUELA: New Works for a Post-Worker World, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be on view from January 8 through February 19, 2022, with an opening reception to be held on Saturday, January 8th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

 

In their projection of a post-worker’s world, Rodrigo Valenzuelas Afterwork series and Weapons series speaks to the elimination not only of individual laborers but of the idea itself of the work force, pushed aside by the very shapes we see here: odd machines and automation, engines that no longer require an operator, but that rage when no one is watching.

 

At the height of early industrial steel production, workers were treated as engines, their bodies wrung out of vitality, transformed into glowing steel bars, sweat and capital. The smoke in Valenzuela’s series of photographs invokes the blazing steam and white heat of steel in the process of formation, but also the perspiration of labor indefinitely suspended in air. In these depopulated photographs, viewers are left to their own imaginative devices. Valenzuela’s contemporary Frankensteinian contraptions are uncanny, and some have a sinister edge, embodied by the threat of metal chains and hooks. Others are delicate, almost sympathetic.

 

These images suggest the roaring steel mills of the past, quickly abandoned once outdated, while also offering a retro futuristic vision in which workers and machines devised a better plan than their mutually assured futility. As stand-ins for the growing numbers of workers dispossessed due to automation, the pictures—in their invocation of histories of labor, and of industries created by humans to displace themselves in the service of capital—intersect with the struggles for unionization, a longtime interest for Valenzuela. They stress the body’s worth—both single and collective—as well as that of rest and pleasure.

 

Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or the artist himself, Valenzuela explores the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. His work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through his videos and photographs, Valenzuela makes images that feel simultaneously familiar yet distant. He engages the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.

 

Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982, Chile) received his MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2012, a BA in Philosophy from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA in 2010 and a BFA from the University of Chile, Santiago in 2004. He has presented solo exhibitions at New Museum, New York (2019); Lancaster Museum of Art and History, CA (2019); Orange County Museum of Art, CA (2018) and Portland Art Museum, OR (2018), and has participated in group exhibitions at the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019); The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2017); Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (2016); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (2015); and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (2017). He was awarded residencies at Light Work, Syracuse, NY (2017); MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH (2016); Core program, Houston, TX (2016); Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE (2015); Kala Art Institute, Berkeley (2015) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME (2013), among others.

 

In 2021, Valenzuela was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Award and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He received a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2017), Arts innovator Award (2014). His work is included in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; as well as numerous private and corporate collections. Valenzuela lives and works Los Angeles, CA.

 

Appointments to visit and view the exhibition are optional and may be made at luisdejesus.com/contact. Please note that face masks are required.

 

Press release adapted from the essay “Machine Sweat” by art historian Paula Kupfer. 

 

For further information, including images and previews, please call 213-395-0762, or email: gallery@luisdejesus.com.


Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

213.395.0762

gallery@luisdejesus.com

Open Tues-Fri: 11-6 / Sat: 10-6



Between Background and Foreground

January 20 - August 7

Oberlin College, 87 N Main St, Oberlin, Ohio +

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Between Background and Foreground

January 20 - August 7

Last fall, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photograph Grandma Ruby’s Refrigerator was the centerpiece for incoming students’ conversations about identity, place, and social change in the exhibition Shared Art. This spring, the conversations continue with a selection of images from the AMAM collection of American photography. From Lewis Hine’s portrait of Pittsburgh steelworkers in the early 20th century to a still life by Nan Goldin taken in the first days of quarantine in 2020, the exhibition probes how and why artists have captured personal experiences and larger social narratives in their photography.


Allen Memorial Art Museum

Oberlin College, 87 N Main St, Oberlin, Ohio 44074

440.775.8665

Open Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5


Elaine Duigenan: Bloßfeldts Lehrling

November 14, 2021 - January 30, 2022

57072 Siegen, Germany +

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Elaine Duigenan: Bloßfeldts Lehrling

November 14, 2021 - January 30, 2022

Elaine Duigenan, British photographic artist, recreates Karl Blossfeldt’s iconic photographs of plants in twine. This series was premiered by Klompching Gallery [New York] at AIPAD [Association of International Photography Art Dealers] and has continuously attracted attention. It received gold at the Prix de la Photographie (Paris) and an international photography award at the Pingyao International Festival of Photography, in China. The images depict handmade objects made from cable ties*. They attempt to recreate plant structures seen in iconic photographs by German artist Karl Blossfeldt (1920s). Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German art professor and wanted to encourage his students to pay conscious attention. He built a camera that could magnify up to 30 times and took hundreds of photographs of plant forms. He wanted to demonstrate that the best design was already given in nature. The artist engaged with his images and thus, became a student of today – twisting, tying and bending the material to her will. She says: “My imperfect specimens taunted me with their limitations. But embracing the flaws became the meaning of the work, and showing the connections and loose threads reveals the tension between perfection and imperfection.”
*A cable tie is a metal wire covered with a thin plastic strip used to close the openings of bags, such as garbage or bread bags.
The artist has exhibited internationally and her work is in collections such as the V&A and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. Her work is represented by Klompching Gallery in New York. In late 2009, one of her paintings was flown to the International Space Station on the shuttle Atlantis. Elaine helped bring the practice of digital scanning (scanography) to the forefront in the 1990s, and her work is exemplified in the V&A’s History of Photographic Processes. It is a truly unique method of capturing such detail and depth. The objects Elaine works with are found or made; things are never quite what they seem, and her work is reduced to a search for unique beauty. Pale specimens glow in deep black spaces and seem to hang by a thread. There is strength and fragility, perfection and imperfection. Her works excite the viewer as the images hover somewhere between whimsicality and elegance.

We cordially invite you to the exhibition
Elaine Duigenan
Blossfeldt’s Apprentice
Photography
November 14, 2021 to January 31, 2022
Vernissage: Sunday, November 14, 2021, 11 a.m. Chiara Bohn will speak at the opening.
The then valid Corona protection rules apply


Art Galerie

57072 Siegen, Germany


Fragments of Epic Memory

September 1, 2021 - February 21, 2022

317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4, Canada +

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Fragments of Epic Memory

September 1, 2021 - February 21, 2022

Fragments of Epic Memory will invite visitors to experience the multiple ways of encountering the Caribbean and its diaspora, from the period following emancipation through today.

The first exhibition organized by the AGO’s new Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora, it will blend historical and contemporary narratives, presenting more than 200 photographs from the AGO’s Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs alongside paintings, sculpture, and video works by modern and contemporary Caribbean artists that show how the region’s histories are constantly revisited and reimagined through artistic production over time.

Fragments of Epic Memory is curated by Julie Crooks, Curator of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora and will feature a new commission by Sandra Brewster and art works by Ebony G. Patterson, Frank Bowling, and Manuel Mathieu to name just a few.

 

Image Caption:

Paul Anthony Smith, Untitled, 7 Women, 2019. Unique picotage on inkjet print, coloured pencil, spray paint on museum board, 101.6 x 127 cm. The Hott Collection, New York © Paul Anthony Smith. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4, Canada

877.225.4246

Open Tues-Sun 10-5:30, Wed 10-8:30


Kerrick James: Arizona Odyssey — Forty Years of Roaming for Beauty

December 4, 2021 - March 5, 2022

207 N Gilbert Rd, Ste 201 Gilbert, AZ +

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Kerrick James: Arizona Odyssey — Forty Years of Roaming for Beauty

December 4, 2021 - March 5, 2022

Kerrick James began photographing Arizona in 1977, at first only the wild places of exotic beauty, then over time the people and cultures of our Southwestern nirvana. These 67 images are drawn from a thousand explorations across the expanse of Arizona. Some are of places now lost to flood or time. They depict iconic landscapes, ephemeral weather and celestial phenomena, billion-year-old rocks and medusa-like saguaros, cowboys and horses, Hopi and Navajo dancers, adventurers and musicians alike. And of course, Route 66, our distinctive slice of the highway of American myth, and promised freedom.

Photographs are intrinsically documents, but they should also reveal more than mere place, or be a singular time stamp. They can show us ourselves, through the prism of tones and colors, shapes and lines, loss and discovery. I invite you to share in these moments of beauty and life lived well by those I’ve met along the road, and by one sublimely lucky photographer…

Please see the HD South website for admission pricing and more information!

Image credit: Kerrick James


Art Intersection

207 N Gilbert Rd, Ste 201 Gilbert, AZ 85234

480.361.1118

info@artintersection.com

Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm


Cheryl Mukherji: Wanted Beautiful Home Loving Girl

January 12 - February 19

126 Baxter St. New York, NY +

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Cheryl Mukherji: Wanted Beautiful Home Loving Girl

January 12 - February 19

Cheryl Mukherji (b. 1995, India) is a visual artist and writer currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from the International Center of Photography-Bard College, New York in 2020. Cheryl has been a recipient of the ICP Director’s Fellowship for the years 2018-2020.

In her current work, Cheryl explores the idea of origin and inheritance, which is embedded in the figure of her mother and her presence in the family album. It deals with memory, personal history, transgenerational trauma, and how they inform identity. Cheryl primarily works with photography, text, and video. Cheryl has been the recent recipient of Capture Photography Festival’s Writing Prize, Brooklyn Museum’s #Your2020Portrait award, South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund (SAARF), Firecracker Photography Grant, and was nominated for the inaugural Next Step Award by Aperture Foundation and Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Format Photo Festival (UK), Brooklyn Museum (US) Museum of Moving Image (US) International Center of Photography (US) Serendipity Arts Festival (IN).


Baxter St at CCNY

126 Baxter St. New York, NY 10013

212.260.9927

baxterst@cameraclubny.org

Open Tues-Sat 12-6

Summer Hours: Closed July 3rd, August 7-11



Werner Bischof: Werner Bischof, Japan 1951 – 1952

November 25, 2021 - February 26, 2022

Stauffacherquai 56, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland +

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Werner Bischof: Werner Bischof, Japan 1951 – 1952

November 25, 2021 - February 26, 2022

With the exhibition “Werner Bischof, Japan 1951 – 1952” the Bildhalle Zurich presents in addition to Bischof’s renowned photographs of Japan, including the iconic Meiji Shrine, newly discovered photographs, never published before. Platinum prints in limited editions as well as exclusive vintage prints from the estate will be on view. 


Bildhalle

Stauffacherquai 56, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland

4.144.552.0918

Open Wednesday – Friday: 12 – 6.30 H Saturday: 11 – 4 H Or by appointment


Kensuke, Koike: Dear Friend

January 6 - January 29

122 NW 8th Ave Portland, OR +

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Kensuke, Koike: Dear Friend

January 6 - January 29

Kensuke Koike is a contemporary visual artist working at the intersection of photography, collage, and sculpture. In Dear Friend, Koike deconstructs vintage photographs or postcards to create new images by cutting, pasting and reassembling by hand. Many of his works visually transform in utilizing the approach of “nothing added, nothing removed,” by rearranging the pieces and parts, into something completely reimagined. Koike’s eye for the surreal reinvents found imagery into surprising and delightful objects. His “renewed” photographs challenge the viewer’s expectations with new associations that reveal humor, curiosity, absurdity, and beauty.

“If I have many ingredients in my refrigerator, I can cook everything I want. But some ingredients may never be used. If I find only a carrot inside, I must cook it in the best way possible by chopping, grating, roasting, boiling, frying, drying, etc. With many ingredients I would probably never discover that the carrot itself can be such a delicious ingredient.”
– Kensuke Koike

 

Kensuke Koike (Japanese, b. 1980) was born in Nagoya, Japan and is currently based in Venice, Italy. Koike has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Postmasters Gallery, NYC, USA; The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK; IMA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, among others. Koike studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice, Italy (1999-2004) and IUAV University, Faculty of Arts and Design, Venice, Italy (2004-2007).

 

Blue Sky is open by appointment only, please visit the website for more information

 

Image courtesy of the artist.


Blue Sky Gallery

122 NW 8th Ave Portland, OR 97209

503.225.0210

Open Tues-Sun 12-5



Jana Sophia Nolle: Living Room: San Francisco & Berlin

January 6 - January 29

122 NW 8th Ave Portland, OR +

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Jana Sophia Nolle: Living Room: San Francisco & Berlin

January 6 - January 29

Jana Sophia Nolle’s series Living Room: San Francisco & Berlin concentrates on the ever-growing rift between rich and poor. Now living and working primarily in Berlin, her conceptual photographic study of makeshift shelters began during her stays in San Francisco from 2016 — 2019.

Nolle works with people living on the streets to understand how their improvised dwellings are constructed. After establishing relationships with the unhoused individuals, and with their permission, Nolle approaches wealthy people for permission to access their homes. Then, in a performative act, she recreates and photographs the makeshift shelters within the homes of the wealthy.

The photographs are an inventory, a typology of improvised dwellings, cataloging their various attributes. The elaborate reconstructions show a conglomerate of repurposed items and materials, resulting in a series of architectural interiors. While aesthetically striking, Nolle’s resulting contrast of living spaces also touches on larger phenomena of socio-political changes, housing shortages, exclusion and gentrification. The project aims to challenge our perceptions and definitions of living space and wealth, of poverty, and the importance of refuge and security.

Living Room is an ongoing project. Currently Nolle is working on its European continuation in Paris and London.

Jana Sophia Nolle (German, b. 1986) lives and works with her daughter in Berlin, Germany. Her practice, which consists of photography and found footage, operates at the intersection of research, observation and documentation, and shifts between conceptual photography, video, objects, and installations. Often, the starting point of her projects is based on either autobiographical experiences or social phenomena. Her interests reflect a fascination with social change and justice, fragile identities, as well as individuals embedded in socio-political transformations.

Nolle’s photographs are included in numerous public and private collections, and have been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions, most recently at Haus am Kleistpark Berlin, Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst Bremen, Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles, Santo Tirso International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture Portugal, UNSEEN Amsterdam and the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. Her work “Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018” won various grants, awards and prizes, including the Berlin Senate research grant 2021, the LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2019, the 2019/20 the Haus am Kleistpark Photography Fellowship, and the Neuköllner Art Prize 2020. In 2020, she published the project as one monograph, “Living Room, San Francisco 2017/18” with Kehrer Verlag.

Since 2019 Nolle has been an affiliate artist with Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA. Nolle received her MSc from SOAS University London, UK, and a degree in Photography from Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, Germany.

 

Blue Sky is open by appointment only, please visit website for more information.

Image courtesy of the artist.

 


Blue Sky Gallery

122 NW 8th Ave Portland, OR 97209

503.225.0210

Open Tues-Sun 12-5



20th Anniversary Show

December 16, 2021 - February 19, 2022

529 W 20th St New York , NY +

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20th Anniversary Show

December 16, 2021 - February 19, 2022

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce REWIND, a celebration of our 20th anniversary. Featuring works selected from over one hundred exhibitions, REWIND is an opportunity to revisit the gallery’s ever-evolving program and to salute the extraordinary artists who have entrusted the gallery with their legacies.


Bruce Silverstein Gallery

529 W 20th St New York , NY 10011

212.627.3930

inquiries@brucesilverstein.com

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Summer Hours: Mon-Friday 10-6


LaToya Ruby Frazier: LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze

September 8, 2021 - March 20, 2022

600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA +

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LaToya Ruby Frazier: LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze

September 8, 2021 - March 20, 2022

In The Last Cruze, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier chronicles the lives of workers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Due to a confluence of circumstances, including the global outsourcing of labor, rapid automation, and the growing demand for electric cars, GM’s Lordstown facility stopped production in 2019 after more than fifty years of operation. This shutdown presented Lordstown facility workers with limited choices: relocate, sometimes leaving behind family and support networks, or find work elsewhere. Across the country, the trickle-down effect of economic decline and the corporate response to this decline disproportionately affects large groups of workers who have very little decision-making power within big corporations. And yet, their labor remains vital to the development and success of these businesses.

Through sixty-seven photographs, video, and an architectural installation that echoes the Lordstown assembly line, The Last Cruzeextends Frazier’s long-standing commitment to visualizing how working-class people—in places such as Flint, Michigan; her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania; and the Borinage mining region in Belgium—are impacted by industrial exploits, environmental injustice, and systemic racism.


California African American Museum

600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA

213.744.7432

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-5



Brandon Lattu: Empirical, Textual, Contextual

October 2, 2021 - February 6, 2022

3824 Main St Riverside, CA +

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Brandon Lattu: Empirical, Textual, Contextual

October 2, 2021 - February 6, 2022

Set within the broad, mercurial image environment in which we create and consume, this timely and first survey exhibition of Brandon Lattu’s 25-year practice is a sensory and cerebral journey. Lattu re-versions and re-animates early work through contingency with recent and new projects, manifesting the through-lines of Lattu’s creative life.  The exhibition positions a variety of works, ranging from small, singular photographic prints, interactive light installations, animated slideshows, through to computer-carved sculptures. The exhibition, curated by Charlotte Cotton, highlights the restlessly experimental photographic approach in Lattu’s practice by constellating works into thematic clusters and flows through the California Museum of Photography’s galleries – amplifying conceptual freedom to push ideas of photography and animate the indexicality of the medium, regardless of its material form.


California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS

3824 Main St Riverside, CA 92501

951.827.4787

ucrarts@ucr.edu

Open Tue-Sat 12-5, Sun 11-4, Closed Monday