Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Passed Forward: William Godfrey to Masood Kamandy, a solo exhibition by Masood Kamandy that also introduces William Godfrey as the first view photographer of Los Angeles. Godfrey created over one hundred stereoview photographs of Los Angeles in the 1860s and 1870s, and Kamandy will transform some of these into three-dimensional objects.
In his work, Kamandy investigates the medium of photography by altering meaning and content through physical or digital manipulations. In past work, erasure shifted meaning, and in this project, he gives new meaning by transforming 2-D photographs into to 3-D objects. As the art history of Los Angeles is often thought to have started at the end of World War II, Kamandy’s project expands this history and reveals the ongoing fascination that contemporary artists have for Los Angeles’ past.
Born in Fort Collins in 1981 to Afghani immigrant parents, Kamandy earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York (2004) and currently is an MFA candidate at UCLA (2012). His work was included in Wet Paint 3: Six Young LA Artis ts, Steve Turner Co ntemporary, Los Angeles (2011) and Seven Minutes in Heaven, Control Room, Los Angeles (2011).
This exhibition runs September 10 through October 8, 2011
Steve Turner Contemporary, 6026 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (across from BCAM at LACMA). Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm, or by appointment.
By Jim McKinniss