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LACP Exposure 2018 – Portfolio Reviews, Workshops, Seminars – July 20-22, Registering Now

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo techniques, Photo Workshops, Photographers, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on June 17, 2018

Registration for Exposure Weekend 2018 conducted by the Los Angeles Center of Photography is now in progress. The portfolio reviewers and workshop/seminar presenters this year are a particularly interesting group. You can get your work assessed, learn some new things, and meet some more fellow photographers! Highly recommended!

 

EXPOSURE 2018

Friday – Sunday, July 20-22, 2018

Hotel MdR in Marina del Rey, CA, near LAX airport

 

Registration is now open for the following portfolio reviewers, workshops, and seminars:

 

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Photo by Julia Dean

 

Portfolio Reviewers still available:

Chad Attie, Gallery Director, Eastern Star Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Sherrie Berger, Photo Consultant, Los Angeles, CA; Jonathan Blaustein, Contributor, NYTimes Lensblog and A Photo Editor; Kyle Bradley, CEO/Founder, Nava Print Studio, Chicago, IL; Susan Burnstine, Contributor, B+W Magazine (UK); Marisa Caicholo, Founder/Curator of Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles, CA; Catherine Couturier, Owner/Director, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX; Chris Davies, Founder/Director, Fabrik Projects Gallery and Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA; Michael Dawson, Owner, Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Crista Dix, Founder/Director, Wallspace Creative, Santa Barbara, CA; Christy Havranek, Photo Director, Huffington Post; Virginia Heckert, Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (Almost SOLD OUT); Anne Kelly, Gallery Director, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Randi Kreeft, Gallery Director, the Loft at Liz’s Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Dhyandra Lawson, Curatorial Asst., Department of Photography, LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Douglas Marshall, Independent Curator/Appraiser; Kristina Newhouse, Curator, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA; Cindy Rowe, Art Producer, Saatchi & Saatchi, Torrance, CA; Aimee Santos, Editorial Picture Editor, Shutterstock; Cheyanne Sauter, Executive Director, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA; Hannah Sloan, Founder/Director Sloan Projects; Sybylla Smith, International Curator, Educator and Consultant; Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor, Lenscratch (Almost SOLD OUT); Mackenzie Stevens, Curatorial Assistant, Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (Almost SOLD OUT); Douglas Stockdale, Founder/Editor, The PhotoBook Journal; Yessica Torres, Curator, Dab Art, Ventura, CA.

 

Cool workshops and seminars, including:

Friday, July 20

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Workshop – Now What? Re-energizing Your Photography Career with Aline Smithson
10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Seminar – Steps to Success for Photographers with Sherrie Berger
02:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Seminar – The Business of Gallery Representation with Crista Dix

Saturday, July 21

09:30 am – 5:00 pm – Workshop – Concept Aware: Enhance Your Creative Practice with Sybylla Smith
10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Seminar – Fine Art Digital Printmaking: Why and How with Cheryl Kelleher Walsh & Eric Joseph
02:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Seminar – Untangling The Web of Social Media with Paul-Michael Carr

Sunday, July 22

09:30 am – 5:00 pm – Workshop – Pushing Your Work Forward with Jonathan Blaustein
09:30 am – 1:30 pm – Workshop – Street Shooting on Venice Beach with Julia Dean 
01:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Workshop – A to Z Grantwriting with Linda Vallejo

 

SoCal Photo Exchange is a proud media sponsor of Exposure 2018

 

 

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Laguna Art Museum: Oskar Fischinger and the Interconnectedness of the Arts

Posted in Art Museums, Photo Art Business, Uncategorized by Gerhard Clausing on June 8, 2018

Yesterday I had the good fortune to view some paintings of German-born Southern California artist Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967) at the Laguna Art Museum. I also met his son Richard Fischinger and his son’s wife, Mary.

At a time when we are starting to see censorship of critical art in this country (Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), it behooves us to think back to what happened in Europe in the early 20th Century, when art that did not fit the political preferences of a narrowly-focused government was labeled “degenerate” (entartet, which actually means “outside of the [politically approved] style of art”) and therefore forbidden. Oskar Fischinger had to leave Germany in the 1930s because his works did not match the preferences of the people in power.

How are his paintings and inventions relevant to our thinking about photography and other arts?

Fischinger’s works are an artistic mirror of concurrent technical and artistic developments. In a time long before the ease of digital manipulations, he set hand-drawn photographed animations to music, independently and also with some major studios. Some of these animations can be seen and purchased from the Center for Visual Music currently. He was well versed in camera work and invented a wax-processing machine that projected colorful light patterns that could be manipulated for special effects. In this respect, his work was very much in parallel with his contemporaries Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray, as well as Kandinsky, Klee, Feininger, Mondrian, and Miró. His paintings are a wonderful kaleidoscope of his time, in that they reflect the wonders of industrial achievements and space exploration through the 1960s, and the ideas are expressed in artistic forms that are now called “mixed-media”.

The two paintings below shows some of these effects as displayed  at the Laguna Art Museum. I immediately felt a kinship with Oskar Fischinger, as my own work in the last few months has taken me to similar levels of abstraction. I recently showed the work “Overture” at a meeting of the Photographers’ Exchange Group in Irvine, and some members could immediately hear music in their minds. The image “The Arrival” certainly also intimates some kind of travel in time and space, although, as may be the case in all of these works, they may also be a metaphor for internal mental processes.

 

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Oskar Fischinger, “Snow White – Red Circle,” 1943

 

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Gerhard Clausing, “Overture,” 2018

 

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Oskar Fischinger, “Satellite,” 1950-60

 

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Gerhard Clausing, “The Arrival,” 2018

 

Oskar Fischinger also painted a lot of “Heads” in his time, some of which were visualized full of associative symbols and objects. Especially the example which Richard Fischinger showed me on his cellphone (of an Oskar Fischinger painting in his collection), shown below, reminded me of the current work of my friend Sandra Klein, who enhances large photographic silhouettes of herself and her mother with needlework and a variety of other objects as a comprehensive artistic metaphor combining past and present; both works transcend media as well as time and space.

 

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So it is definitely inspiring to look in on the work of a universal talent from the last century, since the work and its implications can affect our own present and future work, as well as our assessment of art as part of our own expression and understanding of life. To talk with Richard Fischinger was also instructive; he was always warned by his dad to be mindful of the dangers of authoritarianism. My thanks to Richard and Mary for their insights.

The selection of paintings by Oskar Fischinger will be shown at the Laguna Art Museum through June 17, 2018. For those interested in delving deeper into this subject, a dissertation was written by Martina Dillmann at the Universität Frankfurt in 2004 (in German) that also includes a thorough inventory of the paintings.

My next article on relationships between the arts will be dealing with the Black & White Exhibit I saw in Düsseldorf, Germany, in May of this year.

 

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Mary and Richard Fischinger at the Laguna Art Museum, June 7, 2018

 

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Douglas Stockdale – Artist talk at Fabrik Projects June 2nd

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on May 30, 2018

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Middle Ground exhibition, Fabrik Projects, photograph by Don Webb II

One of the requests that apparently reoccurred during my opening reception is for an artist talk about this exhibition and artist project. The artist talk is now scheduled to coincide with the exhibition closing reception at 4pm on Saturday, June 2nd (2018) at the Fabrik Projects gallery.

To talk about myself and my art projects is not always the easiest thing for me to do. To write about it as I have on this blog is okay, perhaps something I am more comfortable with in that I have an opportunity to develop what I write and the edit before I commit to publishing it. Even then when I have some second thoughts, I can come back and edit what I wrote. I am also very comfortable teaching a workshop about a subject that I am very familiar with, such as my book development class with LACP. Talking about myself and my art projects, perhaps not so much.

What does help if I start taking some notes to outline what I want to convey, then leaving plenty of time for questions and answers. I am going to try to cover the basics about this artist project: what, where, when, how and maybe the most critical; why. I also suspect that this will be a walking talk, not a formal group sit-down, which will help me a little bit more in that it’s a bit easier for me if I can walk and talk about the exhibition.

The photograph above is the exhibition space that I had envisioned for this project in how the photographs (barriers) would ring around a room and thus surround the viewer. One of the many exhibition trade-offs; larger prints but then less images in this space. It will be interesting to get some more feedback during my talk as I already plan to defer to some open ended questions for the group.

Location: Fabrik Projects; 2636 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles (near Culver City)

Artist talk & reception: Saturday, June 2nd,  4 -7pm

Cheers & hope to see you there!

Doug Stockdale, Associate Editor

Douglas Stockdale at LACP Fine Art Exhibition opening Friday, May 25th, 2018

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on May 23, 2018

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AmericaMiddle Ground/En Medio Tierra, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

As a member of the Photographers Exchange, I am very excited to announce that two of my photographs from my Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra project were selected by Scott B. Davis for the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) annual Fine Art Exhibition. The two photographs are America, above and the photograph San Diego Port of Entry, below.

The theme for this year is Expanding Boundaries. Although my project has as it’s primary subject a series of barriers, a form of physical boundary, the series also documents how these barriers are deteriorating and include passage ways that allow access. Thus providing an element of hope to individuals in order they might contemplate that they can overcome any barrier that they might encounter in life.

The exhibition opening is this Friday, May 25th, 2018 at the LACP facility in Los Angeles from 7pm – 10pm. LACP is located at 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

The LACP exhibition will is available for viewing from May 25th thru June 22nd.

I am equally excited that this LACP exhibition of Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra is overlapping the full exhibition of this body of work at Fabrik Projects. Another two-fer for this body project! As a reminder, my artist book of this body of work is available from me or from Fabrik Projects as well.

Cheers!

Doug

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Irvine Fine Arts Center 2018 All Media call for entries

Call for Entries All Media 2018

ALL MEDIA 2018

Application Deadline
June 29, 11:59 p.m.

The Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC) is pleased to announce the annual juried All Media exhibition, and invites Southern California-based artists to submit artwork for consideration. This year, the exhibition will be juried by Dave Barton, the arts writer for OC Weekly. Submissions are being accepted through June 29, 11:59 p.m.

The Irvine Fine Arts Center is a community venue that presents exhibitions designed to expand awareness, understanding and sensitivity to art, and provide an exploratory and educational viewing experience for diverse audiences. 

Apply Now at cityofirvine.org/allmedia2018.

Btw, historically artist and photographers who submit photographic based artwork have done very well in the IFAC All Media exhibition, which I can personally validate with my Honorable Mention in the 2016 IFAC All Media juried exhibition. Other PhotoExchange members who have been honored with a exhibition at a past IFAC All Media shows are Ellen Butler, Paul Anderson, Gerhard Clausing, and Janos Lanyi. So mark your calendar, make your submissions and join the fun!

Cheers!

Douglas Stockdale – Gallery representation – Fabrik Projects

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on April 29, 2018

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Surveillance (Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra) 42″ x 52″ 2016 Douglas Stockdale

I have a really wonderful announcement to make; I am honored to become a represented artist of Fabrik Projects!

I am joining a group of talented artist, including Sarah Hadley, Tami Bahat, Martin Cox, Christopher Sheils, Cia Foreman, Glen Wexler, Andy Burgess and many others.

This gallery representation coincides with my upcoming exhibition at the Fabric Projects gallery in May;

Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra

May 5th – June 2nd, 2018

Artist reception: Saturday, May 12th, 6 – 8pm. Hope to see you there!

Fabrik Projects: 2636 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles (near Culver City), California

Note: My self-published artist book of the same title, Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra is now available for pre-order.  Already this artist book is now planned for shipment to new homes in Germany, Hong Kong and of course here in the United States. Your pre-orders really do help me with this self-publishing event. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Cheers!

Mourning the Loss of Local Photographers Mark Chamberlain and Laura Aguilar

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photographers, tPE members by Gerhard Clausing on April 27, 2018

We are very sad to report the passing of two local photographers this week.

Mark Chamberlain passed away at age 75. Many of you will remember him and have fond memories of his engaged participation in our community. As Scott Mathews wrote on our website,  “He was such an active force in Laguna Canyon over the years for environmental measures as well as fostering the arts. I know our appreciation for Mark and the support of BC Space with the group show in 2015 will never be forgotten. He will be dearly missed.” You can read the LA Times story here; Stu News Laguna tribute here.

Also, Laura Aguilar, who was very instrumental in producing interesting body images as well as dealing with gender issues, passed away at the young age of 58 this week. You can read the LA Times story here.

 

John Divola – Medium festival Keynote speaker

Posted in Photo Workshops, Photography by douglaspstockdale on April 17, 2018

from Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert, ©John Divola

The Medium Festival has just announced their Keynote Speaker, who is photographer/artist John Divola, who will present the 7th annual Keynote Lecture on Fri., Oct. 19, 2018 in San Diego at the festival.

John Divola’s work combines ideas of performance, painting, photography, and land art into a career spanning nearly five decades. He currently lives and works in Riverside, CA. Divola works in photography, describing himself as exploring the landscape by looking for the edge between the abstract and the specific. He is a Professor in the art department at University of Riverside since 1988 and has published four books: ContinuityIsolated HousesDogs Chasing My Car In The Desert, and Three Acts.

More information on the Medium Festival, which runs October 18-21st in San Diego, CA can be found here.

For those who are interested in the Medium Portfolio Reviews, registration opens later this week on April 19-20. Last year these review slots disappeared fast. Just saying….

Cheers!

 

Report on the First Annual “Faculty, Member, and Alumni Exhibit” at LACP

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits by Gerhard Clausing on April 14, 2018

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Last night was the opening of the first annual “Faculty, Member, and Alumni (FMA) Exhibit,” which will run through May 18 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).

It was a great occasion to catch up with friends and to see some of the latest work of folks that were included (we previously published a list of participants). Julia Dean exhibited an amazing new street image, “Noirish” (2018), as shown below. Douglas Stockdale showed the image “America” from his forthcoming book, Middle Ground /En Medio Tierra. The monochrome images by Eric Joseph and Sarah Hadley also stood out. I also enjoyed the Bosch Redux series by Lori Pond. Many other images also demonstrated a substantial amount of talent and energy.

I was very pleased to see a huge number of younger folks that showed an avid interest in the work shown. I would hope that next year a more theme-oriented exhibition would be planned to represent this talented group.

Gerhard Clausing

 

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“Noirish” (2018) by Julia Dean

 

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Douglas Stockdale with his image “America” from his forthcoming book

 

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Work by Eric Joseph (upper left) and Sarah Hadley (right), and others

 

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Sarah Hadley

 

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All images © 2018 by Gerhard Clausing

 

 

 

 

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Special MOPLA Event This Week: LOST ROLLS AMERICA Featured April 12-15

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gerhard Clausing on April 10, 2018

A special event sponsored by the project LOST ROLLS AMERICA will be featured this week as part of the 10th Month of Photography Los Angeles, to take place at the Line Hotel, April 12-15. I spent a bit of time familiarizing myself with the project and would like to share some of my thoughts.

Ron Haviv, well-known award-winning photographer, and Lauren Walsh, Director of NYU Gallatin’s Photojournalism Lab, are the forces behind the project. The idea was to solicit undeveloped film that might be hiding in people’s drawers, almost forgotten, but perhaps worthy of seeing the light of day. The deal was, you sent them your undeveloped roll of film, they had it developed by FujiFilm, and the finished images were then returned to you, with the option of incorporating one or two into the archive, after some questions regarding time, place, subject, and photographer’s reaction and memories evoked are answered. Here is the project’s original description:

Lost Rolls America is a national photo archive created by a democratized process: Anyone can submit their lost roll of film to the project for processing (the images must be at least 3 years old), and the images are subsequently returned to the originator.  These contributors, who are members of the general public, are asked to select one image, answer several questions that are provided, and return it to the project for inclusion in the archive.

This photography project is the brainchild of Ron Haviv, Project Creator and Emmy-nominated, award winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, and Lauren Walsh, Project Director and Director of NYU Gallatin’s Photojournalism Lab.  Her work focuses on the history of photography, contemporary visual culture, war reportage and journalistic ethics.  Ron’s prior book, The Lost Rolls, was the jumping off point for this project.

Meanwhile, the archive has grown into several hundred images, and these can be studied along with the fascinating answers to the questions, on the website devoted to the project.

Here is the poster for this week’s event:

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Studying the pictures in the collection is a great adventure into recent popular, “vernacular,” and even some professional lost photography. Forgotten places and people take on a mysterious aura: friends, relatives, and pets in long-forgotten moments of levity or seriousness remind all of us about the fleeting nature of life. Indeed, even experiments with fine art photography may be hidden among the undeveloped rolls still hidden in your closets or other places, as the images submitted by Melanie Chapman and Chris Jurgenson demonstrate. I leave it to you to find these and other images in the archives and to read the responses of the photographers who found the films. Not every ambiguous moment can be disambiguated! And yet, memories from our past, when shared, can become a part of our universal experience and help us understand our common concerns.

Gerhard Clausing

 

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© Walker Sayen / Courtesy Lost Rolls America

 

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Anne Olmstead (assumed), © Jeff Olmstead / Courtesy Lost Rolls America

 

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© Melanie Chapman / Courtesy Lost Rolls America

 

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© Chris Jurgenson / Courtesy Lost Rolls America

 

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