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Thomas D. Mengelsen exhibition at G2 Gallery

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on January 30, 2012

Photograph copyright by Thomas D. Mengelsen

Thomas D. Mangelsen, a Nebraska native, is recognized as one of the world’s premier nature photographers. With a background in wildlife biology, Mangelsen has dedicated his work to documenting wild lands and creatures around the world, bringing attention to the need for conservation and protection of these animals and their natural environment. In recognition of this work, he has been the BBC’s “Wildlife Photographer of the Year,” has received the Royal Photographic Society’s Honorary Fellowship (2002), and was called “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo magazine (2005). Jane Goodall chose him as one of her “Heroes of the Animal Planet.” He is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and co-founder of The Cougar Fund, a nonprofit devoted to the preservation of cougars throughout the Americas.

This show runs January 16, 2012 throuogh April 1, 2012

G2 Gallery location and contact information:

1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291-3742

Regular hours of operation:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm


By Jim McKinniss

M.A. KATCHER: Ceci n’est pas une personne/This Is Not A Person at Frank Pictures

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on January 28, 2012

Photo copyright by M.A. Katcher


Photo copyright by M.A. Katcher


Photo copyright by M.A. Katcher


Michael Katcher is a photographer. He is also one of the top talent agents in the business. Katcher was born in Brooklyn in a family of artists. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a BFA in Theatre. In 1989 he moved to Los Angles where he first worked as a casting director, casting television shows as The Wonder Years, The Larry Sanders Show, and Third Rock From the Sun. From there he went on to become VP of Casting at CBS where he oversaw the casting of comedies like Everyone Loves Raymond and The King of Queens. He currently runs the TV talent area at Creative Artists Agency.

His passion though has always been camera. In his series Ceci n’est pas une personne/This Is Not A Person he writes with his camera a modern REANIMATOR, imbuing inanimate bodies with life. The subject of his work is not a person, it is a mannequin he finds in a department store window. Katcher has an alchemist’s eye for character. When he shoots he also casts, anticipating the transformation of actors (in this case mannequins) into entirely different people in his mind’s eye. “When I squint my eye ever so lightly the mannequins become characters in my mind. A false indenty becomes a real one. They seem to come to life. Each one has its own story. I have only a few minutes to set the shot up using only natural lighting – the sun is starting to go down, while the store front lights start to illuminate. I crop before I take the picture. Usually one shot and I walk away. In processing there is no manipulation at all. I want colors to bleed into each other. Whether there is a burst of yellow or some shade of gray, the color makes the picture. I want the photograph to feel like an abstract painting.  When the lines are blurred things become something else.”

FEBRUARY 12 – MARCH 27, 2012

Frank Pictures is located at 2525 Michigan Ave. A5 Santa Monica, CA 90404
Gallery hours and contact: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 – 6:30 | 310.828.0211

By Jim McKinniss

M+B Gallery at Art Los Angeles Contemporary show

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on January 20, 2012

Photo copyright by Matthew Brandt


Image copyright by Sam Falls


Image copyright by Matthew Porter


M+B is pleased to announce its participation at Art Los Angeles Contemporary from January 19 – 22, 2012 at the Barker Hanger located at 3021 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica, California. Please come visit us at Booth D6, where M+B will present works by gallery artists Matthew Brandt, Sam Falls and Matthew Porter.

Matthew Brandt (b. 1982, Los Angeles) received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and MFA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2008. Interested in physicality, process and landscape, Brandt’s ability to stretch the readings of an image, multiplying them both physically and conceptually, speaks directly to his interest in how images loom and meanings shift within a shared visual history. His Lakes and Reservoirs reflect the artist’s engagement with the great American landscape photographers, but with an ease, humor and youthful energy. Whether creating sodium gum bichromate prints of bees from a pigment created from the bees themselves, or leaving photographs of lakes soaking in the water of their source, his subject matter visually and physically informs the work. It is all part of Brandt’s continual investigation into the charge that imbues meaning within an image. His work is the clever manifestation of a photographic alchemist, satisfying the urge for the tangible and grounding us in the present. Brandt’s precocious talent has landed him in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Elton John Collection. and the Statoil Collection. His recent solo exhibition at M+B was met with critical attention, selected by Modern Painters as part of “The 100 Best Fall Shows.” Brandt currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


Sam Falls (b. 1984, San Diego, CA) received his BA from Reed College in 2007 and MFA from ICP-Bard in 2010. Recognizing the inherent linkage between painting, photography and sculpture, and striving to expand the mediums, Falls breaks down photographic content into form and color and back again. Whether photographing abstract compositions in his studio, or moving through the Met aesthetically framing paintings and sculptures the way a photographer would capture a landscape or portrait, Falls aims to negate the single isolated moment of a photograph’s creation. The final products are an amalgamation of three stages of production: photographic, digital and physical. The viewer is not looking at a photograph depicting the past, but at a multimedia composition where the subject becomes the artistic production. This dynamism is celebrated in a recent review by critic Roberta Smith in The New York Times as she recognizes the “push-pull energy” and “thoroughly ambiguous, lushly radiant [and] slightly hallucinatory” nature of his work. His most recent installation at High Desert Test Sites, organized by Andrea Zittel in Joshua Tree, California, involved draping dyed fabric in the remnants of homestead cabins that dot the high desert landscape. The result is still forming, interpreting the idea of the photograph: embedded with time and light, precipitation , air, earth and vegetation. Falls is the 2010 recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, and his work has been exhibited in the US and abroad, including a solo exhibition at Fotografiska (Stockholm). He currently has two monographs published of his work: Color Dying Light (2009) and Paint Paper Palms (2011). Falls lives and works in Los Angeles.


Matthew Porter (b. 1975, Pennsylvania) received his BA from Bard College in 1998 and his MFA from Bard College and Bard-ICP in 2006. His work often features historical mash-ups, collapsing disparate events and cultural references within single frames or spreading them out over a series of tightly edited photographs. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Invisible Exports in New York, and he was included in the International Center of Photography’s Perspectives 2010. In 2010, he curated shows at Mount Tremper Arts in upstate New York and M+B in Los Angeles. Porter lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


For further information, please contact Shannon Richardson at 310 550 0050,, or visit our website You may also view more information on the Art Los Angeles Contemporary website at

Phone: 310 550 0050


Art Los Angeles Contemporary runs January 19 – 22, 2012

The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, California
Thursday Opening Night: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


By Jim McKinniss

tPE member Ellen Butler selected for Gallery Expo exhibition

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on January 19, 2012

Image copyright by Ellen Butler.

Image copyright by Ellen Butler

Enjoy a collection of art work created by Long Beach and  Los Angeles area artists. Paintings (watercolors, oils, pastels), mixed media, drawings, sculptures, installations and photography.

Gallery Expo is a gallery dedicated to all artists, not just artists with the potential to become great. And, while we have some exceptional artists participating in our exhibits who are masters of their craft, we are also proud to be host to a wonderful array of emerging and upcoming artists.

Gallery Expo is committed to supporting and promoting artists and their work. While we do not limit our space to only Long Beach artists, we strongly believe in and promote the wealth of creativity that exists in our city and its surrounding areas.

Our exhibitions are usually thematic and, oftentimes, are interpreted, from each artist’s unique perspective, and designed to spark thought and discussion.  The gallery serves as a place where people can come together to discover the various cultures, traditions, lifestyles and philosophies that exist. So, come visit us, and come think and discuss art, and its power and influence in our lives. 

Artists’ reception will be held Sat., January 21, from 6-8 pm.

Exhibit runs through Jan. 27.

Location: The gallery is located in Bixby Knolls, in the EXPO Arts Center.

 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 4 – 8 pm

Phone: 562-427-7617

Contact: Douglas C. Orr  or  David Rodriguez


By Jim McKinniss

Digital Darkroom at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on January 17, 2012

Digital Darkroom features the work of 17 artists from around the world that explore the intersection of art and technology. The exhibit features the work of: Josef Astor, Pierre Beteille, Joel Grimes, Ted Grudowski, Claudia Kunin, Chris Levine, Bonny Pierce Lhotka, Khuong Nguyen, Mike Pucher, Jean-François Rauzier, Martine Roch, Christopher Schneberger, Brooke Shaden, Stanley Smith, Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann and Jean-Marie Vives.

This exhibition runs through May 28.

By Jim McKinniss

Danielle Mourning show at Taylor De Cordoba

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on January 7, 2012

Courtesy of Danielle Nelson Mourning and Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles


Courtesy of Danielle Nelson Mourning and Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles


Courtesy of Danielle Nelson Mourning and Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles


Courtesy of Danielle Nelson Mourning and Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles


Taylor De Cordoba is proud to present Ordinary Time, new photographs by San Francisco- based artist Danielle Nelson Mourning.

The exhibition will run from January 7 – February 11, 2012, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, January 7 from 6 – 8PM.

For Mourningʼs second solo exhibition at Taylor De Cordoba, she continues her exploration of self- portraiture through photography and mixed media photographic paintings. In previous bodies of work, the artist represented her family history by assuming the roles of her ancestors from Mississippi, New York and Ireland (she literally slipped in and out of their homes, attire and settings to create this cinematic images). Mourning turned the lens on herself and set out to discover her own identity through the assumed identities of those who came before her. With Ordinary Time, the costumes are gone, as are the far-away locales. Rather, the artist is deeply invested in the present moment and capturing her sense of time and place on film. The resulting series of self-portraits is strikingly raw, honest and filled with intensity.

Providing context to the portraits are atmospheric photographs of landscapes and abstracted objects, which connect to the artistʼs Northern California upbringing – a hazy shot of the sun setting in Bolinas, a Native American Miwok tepee at sunrise in West Marin and a shattered mirror photographed from her Grandmother’s house are among the subjects Mourning photographs.. And while this new work is clearly a meditation on the present, the past continues to haunt Mourningʼs process. In the words of the artist, “This moment is an unveiling of the present yet there is always the past walking with me.”

The show is dedicated to the artistʼs grandmother, Ruth Catherine Nelson.

Taylor De Cordoba is located at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles, CA and is open from Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm. For additional press information, please contact Heather Taylor at or (310) 559-9156.


By Jim McKinniss