Catherine Opie @ Regen Projects, LAJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013
If you haven't stopped by Regen Projects in LA to see their most recent solo show of Catherine Opie's photographs, you have until March 29th to do so. Fans and newcomers alike are recommended to make a visit in the coming week.
Regen Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new portraits and landscapes by Catherine Opie. These photographs mark both a progression and a departure for the artist. Opie's work has always investigated the figure in relation to the landscape, disregarding the polarities typically found within these approaches. This new body of work draws upon Opie's beginnings in documentary photography, the traditions of painting, and the history of photography.
Opie's new portraits evoke the sublime and the inner psychological space of both the viewer and subject. Utilizing techniques of chiaroscuro, color, and formal composition found in classical 17th century portraiture, Opie arranges her subjects in allegorical poses that suggest an emotional state. Evoking formal classicism, these beautifully elegant and technically masterful compositions immerse and seduce the eye. Opie's subjects have always been part of her personal community, and the range of individuals in these new works illustrates how this community has shifted and expanded.
Los Angeles, CA 90038