Catch the interview with Grassland’s H. Lee by Peggy Roalf from Design Arts Daily: http://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/13117/finding-a-story-h-lee.html
While living within a community of cannabis growers in Northern California, photographer H. Lee documented both a clandestine way of life and the process of cultivation in all its stages, culminating in the publication of her 2014 book, Grassland. Spot Photo Works is pleased to present the first West Coast exhibition of Grassland, opening on March 7, 2015 with a reception for the artist from 6 – 9pm. The exhibition continues through April 28, 2015 with regular gallery hours of Monday through Friday, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.
Spot Photo Works is located at 6679 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. You’ll find free parking for the opening in the Crossroads of the World lot (behind the gallery), just north of Sunset Blvd. on Los Palmas Ave.
Grassland is an essential California story – not so unlike the popular farm-to-table stories of Sonoma and Napa valleys. The one chief difference has been the volatile legal status of the crop and H. Lee’s document, photographed between 2010 and 2013, catches the last days of pot farming at its most secretive.
With historic changes regarding the acceptance of marijuana settling into American society, a fundamental shift is in motion between those who seek to keep it illegal, and the overwhelming populist appeal for legal reform. For decades, farmers in Northern California have quietly operated, hiding their gardens from law enforcement. As new legal markets have begun to emerge, marijuana agriculture is moving into plain view. Grassland offers an intimate view of the epicenter of cannabis cultivation in California, where a sizable community is shaped by a plant regarded as both magical and medicinal; a plant whose cultivation holds the promise of profit, and despite changes in state policy, possible jail time.
In the series Nightscape, photographer Gregg Segal’s unlikely collaborators are the smoggy skies of the city of Los Angeles. We’ve all heard the jokes about the L.A. air, but in Segal’s series, we see the night sky like the locals do. Luminous and glowing with an extraordinary palette. There’s rarely a truly dark night in the city.
Segal’s 2004 series of color landscape photographs will open at Spot Photo Works on Saturday, January 17, with a reception for the artist that is open to the public from 6pm to 9pm. The exhibition will continue through March 3rd at Spot’s Hollywood location at 6679 Sunset Blvd. at Crossroads of the World. Gallery hours are 10:30am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
“During daylight hours, the thick bands of pollution girding the Los Angeles skyline are a constant reminder of how poor our air quality is. But at night, the foul, chemical filled air traps the city’s excessive artificial light, and in these long exposure images, our skies turn deep emerald-green, lush amber, eggplant purple, and bubble gum pink. All these glowing hues obscure the stars and what we think of as a proper night sky. Our lurid skyglow is at once toxic and seductive.” – Gregg Segal
Gregg Segal won the jury’s choice award at the Tokyo International Photography Festival in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, The O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke, Virginia, George Mason University and Chelsea Market, New York. His photography has been recognized with awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, PDN, The New York Press Club and more. His portraiture and photo essays have been featured in TIME, National Geographic Adventure, Fortune GQ, Dwell and Wired among others. He holds a BFA from Cal Arts, a Masters degree from USC and an MFA from New York University.
As the year comes to a close, Spot Photo Works wishes to thank our artists, our staff, our volunteers, our families and each of you, that set foot over our threshold to take a look or have a conversation or spend your money. We appreciate you. We’ve enjoyed all of it and look forward to more. We hope the new year brings you good news, good health, good humor and a better world. We’ll do our best to bring you engaging works.
A few bits of news before signing off:
Chris Anthony’s beautiful exhibition, Seas Without A Shore, will continue until January 12, 2012, Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Please note that Spot will close for a break starting December 24th and will re-open on January 2nd.
Gregg Segal’s upcoming exhibition features the smoggy but luminous skies of Los Angeles. Nightscapes will open with a reception on January 17th, 2015 from 6-9:00 pm and will run through March 3. More on that later.
That’s all for now. Have fun. Be well. Be kind.
Happy New Year,
Spot Photo Works
Celebrate with us at Spot Photo Works this Saturday, 6-9pm as we present the exquisite work of Chris Anthony. Exhibition, opening reception for the artist and book signing at 6679 Sunset Blvd. The exhibition will run through January 12, 2015. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.
Informed by the prose and imagery of Edgar Allen Poe, Seas Without A Shore by Chris Anthony, features a selection of broodingly beautiful wet plate collodion prints along with color photographs shot with one hundred and fifty year old lenses.
“The mystery of the sea is certainly a big part of the subject matter in these pictures, with color images of survivors braving waves and currents, perhaps the result of a future world where ocean tides will wash away the planet’s coastlines” writes Anthony.
In setting both simple and elaborate stages, Chris Anthony creates elegant enigmas throughout his work that draw the viewer into a unique reality, all the while exploring themes of solitude, hope and survival.
Chris Anthony was born in Sweden and lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Stockholm, Brooklyn, Hong Kong, Washington D.C., London, Bath and San Francisco and published in the Los Angeles Times, Eyemazing, Art News, American Photo, Square, Blink, Paper, Photo+, Nylon, Black Book, Juxtapoz, Zoom, and Corrierre della Serra.
Spot Photo Works will present an exhibition of images by Chris Anthony from November 15, 2014 through January 12, 2015. Informed by the prose and imagery of Edgar Allen Poe, Anthony’s “Seas Without A Shore” includes wet plate collodion prints along with color photographs and ephemera. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, November 15 from 6-9pm. Spot Photo Works is located at 6679 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles at the historic Crossroads of the World.
Part mystic, part conjurer, vaudeville ringmaster and antique portraitist, Anthony is a rare artist. His ability to set both simple and elaborate stages creates elegant enigmas throughout his work that allow the viewer to witness something of a different reality while exploring themes of solitude, hope and survival.
Anthony implements the wet plate collodion process beautifully along with using 150 year old lenses. His vision takes us to a selective and sophisticated level of image making with fictional narratives from the bizarre to the banal.
“Making the masks, and many of the props and costumes is a big part of the process and it helps me define this unique and demented little world I live and shoot in. The mysteries of the sea is certainly a big part of the subject matter in these pictures with color images of survivors braving waves and currents, perhaps the result of a future world where ocean tides will wash away the planet’s coastlines.”
Chris Anthony was born in Sweden and lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Stockholm, Brooklyn, Hong Kong, Washington D.C., London, Bath and San Francisco and published in the Los Angeles Times, Eyemazing, Art News, American Photo, Blink, Paper, Photo+, Nylon, Black Book, Juxtapoz, Zoom, Corrierre della Serra.
Chris Anthony: Seas Without A Shore
Nov 15, 2014 – Jan 12, 2015
Spot Photo Works, 6679 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov 15 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm