1301PE presents “Elegant Science,” an exhibition curated by Susan Sherrick. The group show celebrates artists who have mastered the art of photographing science, space and technology. Artists include: Bernice Abbott, Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy Nagy, Eadweard Muybridge, Trevor Paglen, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Kerry Tribe, and Christopher Williams. Each of these established artists have a fascinating story, so be sure to CLICK HERE to read more about them on the 1301PE website. Below is edited info received from the gallery.
Trevor Paglen, NSA-Tapped Fiber Optic Cable Landing Site, Keawaula, Hawaii, United States, 2016; Courtesy of the Artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco
In the late 1950s while at MIT Berenice Abbott wrote, “We live in a world made by science, but we, the millions of laymen – do not understand or appreciate the knowledge which controls daily life. To obtain wide popular support for science, to that end that we must explore this vast subject even further and bring as yet unexplored areas under control, there needs to be a friendly interpreter between science and the layman. I believe that photography can be this spokesman, as no other form of expression can be; for photography, the art of our time, the mechanical, scientific medium which matches the pace and character of our era, is attuned to the function. There is an essential unity between photography, science’s child, and science, the parent.”
Man Ray made his “rayographs” without a camera by placing objects directly on a sheet of photosensitized paper and exposing it to light. Lasźló Moholy Nagy was highly influenced by constructivism and a strong advocate of the integration of technology and industry into the arts. Eadweard Muybridge is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion in which he used multiple cameras to capture motion in stop-motion photographs, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip used in cinematography. Thomas Ruff’s press++ features large-scale photographs of archival media clippings from American newspapers that relate to the theme of space exploration. Thomas Struth’s Six-Degree-of-Freedom Dynamic Test System, JSC, Houston is one of his many images that penetrates the key places of human imagination. Kerry Tribe’s Parnassius mnemosyne is a butterfly wing as seen under a microscope. In Greek mythology Mnemosyne’ refers to the personification of memory. Christopher Williams’s work addresses the sociopolitical history of the medium within the context of image making.
UNIT 5 will be open during normal gallery hours of 11- 5 Tuesday – Saturday or
On view: November 17 – December 22, 2018
What: Art Party
Where: 1301PE, 6150 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90048