Posted In: News on 1/25/2019
Andrew K. Thompson
Two California exhibitions for the price of none!
If you're in California, don't miss the chance to see one of our gallery artists, Andrew Thompson, getting the recognition he deserves for his work. A selection of Andrew's work is currently on view in In the Sunshine of Neglect at the Riverside Art Museum. On February 9th, another show, Mirror Mirror , featuring Andrew's work, will open at the California Museum of Photography.
In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs and Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1950 to the Present
On view now through April 28, 2019
"In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs and Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1950 to the Present" is a simultaneous two-part exhibition at UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography and the Riverside Art Museum. The show presents the title’s territory on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles Basin as an experimental tabula rasa playground for photographers, where nothing was at stake, so everything was possible.
"In the Sunshine of Neglect" includes 194 works by 54 photographers, including Ansel Adams, Laurie Brown, Judy Chicago, Joe Deal, Lewis deSoto, Julie Shafer, Julius Shulman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Andrew K. Thompson among others.
Living and working in the Inland Southern California region has allowed me to experiment radically with my photographic practice. The line about it being, “an experimental tabula rasa playground for photographers, where nothing was at stake, so everything was possible,” rings particularly true with me. A friend from Los Angeles once referred to me as a ‘desert rat,’ but there is freedom out here that is difficult to explain or replicate in which I’d prefer to partake. Being here, away from the canopy of convention found in major cities, has allowed me to drill down into something weird, something unique to me.
-Andrew K. Thompson
On view February 9 through May 12, 2019
Photographs by Darryl Curran; new photographic work by Karchi Perlmann, Andrew K. Thompson, Jonas Yip, and Jody Zellen.
Mirror Mirror features a building taking a picture of itself. On Sunday, June 7, 1987, photographer Darryl Curran set about to transform the closed Kress department store in downtown Riverside into a walk-in camera obscura. The artist blacked out the front display windows to create a camera. He fashioned multiple pinhole apertures and jury-rigged a darkroom in a basement storeroom. Over the month of June 1987, he made scores of photographs. The pictures, Curran states, are “a result of the building taking a picture of itself.” They are self-reflexive. They are building selfies.
Curran was operating at the invitation of museum director Charles Desmarais. In that spirit, Mirror Mirror invited four contemporary southern California artists to respond to Curran’s work. Following Curran’s lead, Karchi Perlmann, Andrew K. Thompson, Jonas Yip, and Jody Zellen use the museum to produce additional, inventive institutional self-portraits.