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Gallery Luisotti  Through August 4 | Monotasking: Peter Holzhauer, Hannah Karsen, Mark McKnight, Mark A. Rodriguez

Stills from the new TateShots video featuring Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Link to video in bio! #tate #TateShots #ursulaschulzdornburg #tatemodern

A Handful of Dust, curated by David Campany, opened this evening at UC Riverside. It features John Divola's complete Vandalism portfolio. #johndivola #handfulofdust #ahandfulofdust

Monotasking now on view through August 4. #markarodriguez #peterholzhauer #hannahkarsen #markmcknight #monotasking

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg is in Frankfurt this week installing her expansive survey The Land In Between, which opens at the Stadel Museum next week! @staedelmuseum #städelmuseum #stadelmuseum #ursulaschulzdornburg

Monotasking Installation Views | Mark McKnight, Hannah Karsen, Peter Holzhauer and Mark A. Rodriguez, Organized by Michael Peña #markarodriguez #markmcknight #peterholzhauer #hannahkarsen @michaelipena

Happy Summer Solstice! #longestdayoftheyear | CJ Heyliger, Sundial #cjheyliger

The exhibition page for Monotasking is now live. Preview the show via the link in bio! The reception is this Saturday from 5–7 pm. Image: Peter Holzhauer, Springs, 2013. #monotasking #peterholzhauer #hannahkarsen #markmcknight #markarodriguez

Last chance to view Mark Ruwedel: Rivers Run Through It is tomorrow, June 16! #markruwedel

Pings, beeps, alerts, tones, and auto-loading memes constantly divide our collective attention span. Digital screens had already proven distracting prior to November 2016, but their frequent dire notices now provoke a general malaise. The distracted quality of contemporary life ensures tunnel vision, with nuance and visual phenomena in the physical world escaping even our peripheral vision.
Monotasking draws on the practices of four contemporary artists who focus our attention through photographs of an insistently flat nature. Their chosen subject matter is ostensibly unremarkable—book covers, doors, corporate office facades, and removed decals. Their planar, all-over compositions propose these varied surfaces as needing further inspection and contemplation. The works share a sense of slowness as well as a physical objecthood in their lack of depicted action and context.
Hannah Karsen’s photographic scans of generic institutional art book covers revel in the traces of past use present in stains and abrasions. The books’ anonymity is set in contrast to the incredibly specific set of markings on each one. A productive exception is a monochrome embossed reproduction of a Josef Albers square painting. Its legibility echoes Mark McKnight’s photograph of the discolored adhesive residue from a removed Nike sticker on a metallic surface. Their exploration of branding is timely as it relates to both entities.
The motif of the window in both McKnight and Mark A. Rodriguez’s works emphasizes the degree to which some surfaces can be used to conceal as much as they reveal. Rodriguez’s printing of his photograph onto a massive commercial tarpaulin surface is as much of a send up of the grandeur of urban Chicago skyscrapers as it is an approximation of their physical scale, prompting reflection back down at ground level.
The urban walking involved in Rodriguez’s project reflects a changing point of view shared by Peter Holzhauer’s four photographs. They show surfaces on the ground, on the sides and entrances to buildings and a set of mass-produced springs. Taken together, they suggest that nothing is beyond scrutiny.

Experience 35: GROUNDED, John Divola and Zoe Crosher Approach LAX from Different Directions – is about the work of two prominent Southern Californian photographers: John Divola and Zoe Crosher. Each has done a major project very different from the other’s, but with a common theme: LAX.

Done 30 years apart, the two projects are very different in approach and look, which is why the two are astute commentaries not only on the history of LAX, but on the history of photography itself.

Experience 35: GROUNDED is curated by Colin Westerbeck.

Opening reception: Saturday June 2, 2018 5pm to 8pm.
Run of show: June 7 until September 22. #johndivola

The gallery is proud to announce that Christina Fernandez's landmark photographic and text installation, Maria's Great Expedition, 1995–96, has been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This extraordinary series is composed of six photographs, a map, and a set of texts that describes the movement of the artist's great-grandmother from Mexico through the southern border of the U.S. into Texas, Colorado, Arizona and finally into Southern California. In each photograph, the artist poses as her great-grandmother Maria from subsequent years of her life between 1910 and 1950. The stylized portraits give the impression of different early 20th century decades, but Fernandez playfully inserts props that reveal the photographs to have been made much more recently.

The gallery would like to thank those in the Department of Photography for their work on presenting the series to MoMA's Committee on Photography and for the Committee's gracious acceptance of the work into the Museum's permanent collection.

#christinafernandez #moma #museumofmodernart

Mark Ruwedel giving an exclusive walk through of his display at Tate Modern this morning. #markruwedel #tate #tatemodern

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