After a wonderfully successful preview at Photo LA in January – and an exceptional run of the show – the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA), in partnership with MuzeuMM, presents the Closing & Panel Discussion of “Abstract Never Is.”
This presentation of contemporary and historical abstract photography runs from 3-5pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016, and will be moderated by Co-Curator Juri Koll, and featuring Curator/Critic Peter Frank, along with artists Sasha vom Dorp, Fatemeh Burnes, Suda House, Kio Griffith, Maria Larsson, and Lawrie Margrave. There will be a copy of the catalog to preview and available to order. MuzeuMM will be open from 1-6pm on Saturday, April 9, and is located at 4817 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016.
As co-curator Juri Koll says, “This show intends to place contemporary photographers who practice abstraction as an important way of seeing the world in the pantheon of well known artists such as Edmund Teske and Man Ray. After Photo LA, we’re proud to have been able to bring the show to MuzeuMM, to curate with Mishelle Moross, and to present a panel discussion and catalog for the show. We’re excited to have essays written by Arthur Ollman (founding Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego), Peter Frank, and Shana Nys Dambrot, along with special guests to be announced.”
As the opening essay for the catalog states:
“Abstract Photography has a long, illustrious, inspiring tradition, which extends to contemporary photographers’ work. Abstract Never Is means to convey the concept that an abstract photographic image never truly escapes the process of putting the lens in front of the eye and clicking the shutter. The moment of conception of an abstract photograph requires intention, place, surface, object, and time, to mention a few aspects. If it is successful, it thrives on the border of the known and the unknown. The moment and the timeless. A successful abstract photograph requires both – and balances on the heft of each.”
The following artists are a part of this traveling exhibition: Fatemeh Burnes, Sasha vom Dorp, Kio Griffith, Diane Holland, Suda House, Juri Koll, KuBO, Maria Larsson, Lawrie Margrave, Stefanie Nafé, Kirk Pedersen, Osceola Refetoff, Lisa Rosel, and Edmund Teske.