Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present Unmade & Winter’s Light, New Photographs by Ann Mitchell. The exhibition will open with an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, September 15, from 4 – 7 PM.
Ann Mitchell was born in New York City and raised in California. After earning a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, she worked as an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer for more than a decade. She then left commercial photography to pursue her own imagery, concentrating on urban landscapes and structures. In 1997 she completed her MFA at Claremont Graduate University and is currently Associate Professor of Art and Photography Program Coordinator at Long Beach City College.
Her photographs have been included in numerous solos and group exhibitions, and featured in a number of publications including LensWork, View Camera, Los Angeles, Better Homes and Gardens, Victoria, and Home Magazine. In 2007 Balcony Press released Austin Val Verde: Impressions of a Montecito Masterpiece, a monograph on the artist’s intimate examination of a prominent example of the Classic Estate period in California.
The photographs of Unmade & Winter’s Light are black and white archival pigment prints on handmade Nepalese paper. Unique in both texture and tone, the paper becomes a voice in each image, softening detail and providing a palpable luminance. This work shares the intimacy of Val Verde, but ups the ante. Representation and abstraction merge seamlessly in Unmade; images of a rumpled bed, empty in early morning light, are devoid of human presence yet rife with absence. The spare images of Winter’s Light provide a counterpoint to Unmade – here the land sleeps, bare trees become linear sculptural forms arrested in seasonal change. Everyday-ness is transformed; the familiar becomes an object of meditation.
Curated by Ron Linden, the exhibition runs through November 2. For visuals or additional information please call 310-600-4873. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 11 AM – 4 PM, and by appointment. This exhibition funded in part by the generous support of Linda Lee Bukowski.
The Gallery is located at 1111 Figueroa Place, Willmington, CA
This show runs September 15 – November 2, 2012
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, September 15, 4 -7 PM
By Jim McKinniss