On view now…The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art has partnered with MuzeuMM to present Abstract Never Is, a presentation of contemporary and historical abstract photography. After a wonderfully successful preview at Photo LA in January, the show has been expanded with many more works by each artist – and additional artists – at MuzeuMM. The exhibtion opened on Saturday, March 5, 2016 and will remain on view through April 9. MuzeuMM 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 be able to bring the show to MuzeuMM, to curate with Mishelle Moross, and to present a 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.
See image: Edmund Teske, Chicago 1938
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.
Save the Date…April 9 – A panel discussion on the theme of the show will be presented from 3-5 with special guests to be announced.
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On view: March 5 – April 9