Two downtown galleries continue to boast a breadth of photographic work both inspiring and intriguing, the strange and alluring “Focus Daily” currently being exhibited March 7th – 28th at the Continental Gallery and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art’s exposition of Pete Jackson’s beautiful panoramic testaments to our city of Angels.
At the Continental Gallery, “Focus Daily” showcases a visual compilation of art, installation and photography by young European artists from Austria and the Netherlands. A sexualized, slightly dubious yet mesmerizing portraiture by Lukas Gansterer captures a brooding young male dressed in his underwear, head half shaved, eyes scowling with intensity and devious intention. These vast portraits, splashed against the back arch of the gallery, shock yet slightly titillate, making the viewer feel as if he has inadvertently witnessed something he wasn’t suppose to.
A more gentle and appeasing series by Matthias Koenigswieser captures the female form through isolated shots of the body: shoulder, hair and profile. Contrasting the work of Gansterer, these pieces subtly emphasize the subject, leaving us satisfied but curious for more.
From the Continental Gallery:
Focus Daily renders the works of six young contemporary artists – Lukas Gansterer, Matthias Koenigswieser, Ulrich Nausner, Thomas Rhube, Clemens Wolf from Austria and Joseph Kosir from Netherlands – whose prolific and joint collaboration lead to their first collective exhibition in Los Angeles. Diverse media (photography, video, installation and painting) merge to set conceptual images of an exposed contemporaneousness, engaging relations between individual and outer world, investigating and challenging dominant rules and social conventions, exploring new communicative visual imagery.
Over at the consistently poignant Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, gifted panoramic photographer Pete Jackson’s work entitled Ultra Wide II softly arrests Los Angeles and Southern Californian landscapes into frame. The deeply moving images illustrate a soft and gentler side of Los Angeles, glorifying vista’s such as Elysian Fields, Silverlake, an awe-inspiring document of the station fire’s pyrocumulus clouds looming above Hollywood, and dramatic cityscape’s of downtown. The soothing panoramic image of Joshua Tree highlights the National Park’s serenity and stillness, aptly conveying its greatest attribute of being one of the most peaceful places on earth.
Both gallery’s are most assuredly worth a visit and viewing, so if you find yourself downtown near Galley Row or the Old Bank District, stop in and ponder the eclectic and sense-arousing works displayed.
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