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"Three Solo Exhibitions of Photography"
2001-07-29 until 2001-10-07
Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Beach, CA, USA United States of America

Laguna Art Museum present three solo exhibitions of photography that examine different facets of the ever-changing American landscape . Laurie Brown: Recent Terrains uses black and white photography explore modern lanscapes. Anthony Hernandez: Pictures for Oakland exhibits confrontational urban imagery. Warren Neidich: The Camp O.J. Installation includes work that merge narrative and fictional themes.

On the main level of the Museum, Laurie Brown: Recent Terrains, organized by Laguna Art Museum curator of exhibitions Tyler Stallings, presents a sequence of black and white photographs that consider how the planet’s surface has been transformed to meet the need of our consumer society. Laurie Brown documents the changing landscape along the western edge of Southern California, revealing a world scraped and reshaped by construction equipment—boulders pushed aside, stretches of earth flattened and then measured. High-tech housing developments rise in these places, lines of identical homes that simultaneously offer a pleasing vision of order and a numbing prospect of sterile conformity.

Laurie Brown was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1978, and her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Center for Create Photography in Tucson, among others. She lives in Laguna Beach, California. The exhibition is accompanied by the recently published book, Recent Terrains: Transforming the American West, photographs by Laurie Brown, (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).

Anthony Hernandez: Pictures for Oakland, a Capp Street Project presented by the CCAC Institute at the California College of Arts and Crafts will also open on the main level of the Museum. Anthony Hernandez is known for his arresting, often confrontational site photographs, including images of empty Los Angeles homeless camps and of the interiors of Rome’s abandoned schoolhouses, hospitals, and never-finished office buildings. Lately, he has worked in a 40-by-40 inch color format.

This exhibition will feature 17 photographs that Hernandez shot during his Capp Street residency in Oakland, California. Hernandez lives and works in Los Angeles. He recently had a solo exhibition at Grant Selwyn Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA, and was included in Made In California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco. He received the Rome Prize fellowship that took him to the American Academy in Rome in 1998-99. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.

Opening on the lower level of the Museum is Warren Neidich: The Camp O.J. Installation organized by Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. In 1995 Warren Neidich traveled across America following the transcontinental route described by Jack Kerouac for his main character of his novel On the Road, Sal Paradise. At the end of that journey, Neidich stumbled across Camp O.J., the media encampment that had developed tangential to the Los Angeles Courtroom where the O.J. Simpson trial took place. Rather then focussing on the trial itself he turned his attention to unveiling the cinematic apparatus which was crucial to the dissemination and transmission of this event. Inspired by the work of such film makers Jean-Luc Godard his photographic works display the process and production of narrative and fiction which played such an important role in the creation of the O.J. Story, something akin to a rock concert.

Warren Neidich is an artist currently living in New York and Los Angeles. He is editor and chief of artbrain.org, a new website that merges cognitive neuroscience and aesthetics. His photographs and videos were recently exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Gandy Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic. His recent computer generated work is included in Bitstream, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The exhibition was organized by Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and curated by Bayly curator of works on paper, Stephen Margulies. The exhibition is accompanied by a color catalogue.

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