RECEPTION: Saturday, November 19, 5-7 pm
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its
upcoming exhibition “Then and Now,” a group exhibition consisting of eight Southern
California photographers: Darryl J. Curran, Robert Fichter, Robbert Flick, Suda House,
Patrick Nagatani, Jane O’Neal, Susan Rankaitis and Robert von Sternberg. In the late
sixties and seventies, New York and Paris may have been considered to be the hub of
the art world with the accepted aesthetic traditions. Los Angeles was artistically less
structured, allowing its artists to explore ideas outside of the mainstream. “Then and
Now” highlights artists who defied common conventions and experimented with
techniques and innovative uses of contemporary subject matter.
This exhibition will trace the stimulating progress of these photographers who
flourished within the Southern California environment. It will show the full trajectory of
their development, to work completed in the present day (and with a similar ideology).
Each of the eight artists will showcase a few two-photograph pairings of their work.
Each pairing will consist of a piece from ‘Then’ shown side by side with another piece
For the past forty years, these artists have sought to expand the definition of
'photography’ through significant experiments with non-traditional methods, such as
abstraction, conceptualism, multiplicity of meanings and subjectivity, appropriation, light
as subject, emphasis on banality, camera-less image-making, obsolete photographic
printing processes, slide projection, collage making and collaboration. The artists
discovered and embraced a broader potential of their art, and developed their own
means of creative self-expression, separate and apart from the conventional paradigms.
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980
Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural
institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of
the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard
Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.
Pacific Standard time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of