Photography

Outside and Over the Box: Atiba Jefferson's "Heart-Shaped Box" with HVW8 Gallery

May 19, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles

A must-see for all our Los Angeles friends: Atiba Jefferson, esteemed photographer who has shot everything from skateboarding (he works for our brother mag, Thrasher) to celebrities and athletes, just opened a brilliant looking show with HVW8 Gallery that features his photos on large-scale cubes lightbox structures. Each lightbox features and mixes all of Jefferson's subjects, from King Krule to Drake, James Harden to Pharrell. The show is open now at HVW8 at the Plana Foundation through July 15, 2018. Plana is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and the advancement of creative fields including art, architecture and design through educational programs and events.

HVW8 Gallery and adidas Originals are pleased to present ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, an immersive exhibition of photography by Atiba Jefferson. Assembling large-scale lightbox cubes of Atiba’s iconic images, ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ establishes an interactive environment that shines a new light on the renowned photographer’s continually evolving practice. The show configures four lightboxes in a black-painted gallery space, illuminated from within to reveal a sublime view of Atiba’s portraits, action shots and cityscapes, while drawing attention to the essential component of light throughout the photographic process.

Heart-Shaped Box celebrates twenty years of Atiba’s photography. Keeping it fresh, the show collates images from his more recent archives, some of which have never been viewed beyond the dimensions of an iPhone screen. The installation presents digital and analogue work across five facades of the 8 ft lightbox cubes, enabling new dialogues to occur between the images when the structures are observed from different perspectives. “This collection of photos is how I view photography,” Atiba explains. “I like things to be different—from my lighting, format, angles and the same goes for my subjects. It’s not just skateboarding, it’s not just music, it’s not just people. It’s all the things I love.”

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