In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition “Then and Now,” a group exhibition consisting of eight Southern California photographers: Darryl J. Curran, Robert Fichter, Robert Flick, Suda House, Patrick Nagatani, Jane O’Neal, Susan Rankaitis and Robert von Sternberg. In the late sixties and seventies, New York and Paris may have been considered to be the hub of the art world with the accepted aesthetic traditions. Los Angeles was artistically less structured, allowing its artists to explore ideas outside of the mainstream. “Then and Now” highlights artists who defied common conventions and experimented with techniques and innovative uses of contemporary subject matter.
This exhibition will trace the stimulating progress of these photographers who flourished within the Southern California environment. It will show the full trajectory of their development, to work completed in the present day (and with a similar ideology). Each of the eight artists will showcase a few two-photograph pairings of their work. Each pairing will consist of a piece from ‘Then’ shown side by side with another piece from ‘Now.’
For the past forty years, these artists have sought to expand the definition of ‘photography’ through significant experiments with non-traditional methods, such as abstraction, conceptualism, multiplicity of meanings and subjectivity, appropriation, light as subject, emphasis on banality, camera-less image-making, obsolete photographic printing processes, slide projection, collage making and collaboration. The artists discovered and embraced a broader potential of their art, and developed their own means of creative self-expression, separate and apart from the conventional paradigms.
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980
Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.
Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
This exhibition runs November 19, 2011 through January 7, 2012
dnj Gallery is located in Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
tel: (310) 315-3551
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
By Jim McKinniss