INTRODUCING! Young California Photographer Award - The Paris Photo Los Angeles Finalists
It should only be fitting that a location which has played a seminal role in the every changing landscape of cinematic arts, should play host to a cutting edge curation of emerging artists and innovative young galleries attempting to make waves in photography. Beginning May 1st, the New York Street Backlot at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood will set not the scene for the next big blockbuster or runaway sitcom but, instead, pictorial works presented from 79 premier art galleries and specialized art book dealers, representing 17 countries worldwide, as part of this year's Paris Photo Los Angeles.
Identified as one of the world's most unique art fairs and the stateside relative of November's Paris Photo, Paris Photo Los Angeles brings together both contemporary and historic works in a fantasy environment, giving collectors, exhibitors, and enthusiasts the opportunity for discovery.
For 2015 the prestigious art fair, in partnership with J.P. Morgan Private Bank, has furthered their commitment to support future generations of young photographers. With the inaugural Introducing! Young California Photographer Award, six Laureates, representing some of the most prestigious M.F.A. programs in California, will offer to the public highlighted selections of their work to be judged by an acclaimed jury of photographic experts and leaders including Michael Hawley, Britt Salvesen (LACMA), Jennifer Pastor (Wall Street Journal), ad Jamie Lee Curtis.
Ahead of Thursday's Paris Photo Los Angeles, DCoopMedia is proud to present the six photographic masterpieces of these talented young photographers.
For additional coverage during Paris Photo Los Angeles, tune into Twitter & Instagram using the hashtag #DesignLUX, Thursday May 1st.
Facsimile of a Rhino - Arden Ellis Surdam
"...by obscuring the face of my subjects, I aim to intrigue and frustrate the viewer, in order to draw a correlation between the history of masking, marginalization, and assimilation." - Arden Ellis Surdam
Study for Theodore with Three Figures - Paul Mpagi Sepuya
"...I am interested in the suspension of multiple tenses in exterior time, circuits of the desiring gaze and objectification, and accumulating constellations of personal narratives." - Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Hell Mirage #1 - CJ Heylinger
"Though the source material for these images if terrestrial, the photographs depict a fabricated place - a landscape of the mind. My hope is that this work points to greater philosophical issues around oriented oneself in space and looking at the world." - CJ Heyliger
I'm Not in the Right Place - Shannon Foreman
"The Bridge is an incredibly beautiful place, but it's also ugly and full of ghosts. And like all bridges, it connects two pieces of land that will never meet." - Shannon Foreman on relating the image to her mother's decline
The Distant Sound of the Past - Brian Dean
"This area was once called a wetland...the need for more space to support a growing population forced these lands to be blocked off, dried up, and developed. The photographs...attempt to depict a land that is caught between all of these forces..." - Brian Dean
Pete - Daniel Centofanti
"they will then be selling the company after five years...I have given the workers a chance to articulate their frustrations and concerns about the changes happening...I have also photographed the structures in detail of the physical and visceral changes that are happening...Through this work, I reinstate the value of human labor." - Daniel Centofanti
PARIS PHOTO LOS ANGELES
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
May 1-3, 2015
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