J.K. Lavin: Mapping the History of the Moon

Full Moon Dream #6, © J.K. Lavin
Full Moon Dream #6, © 2013 J.K. Lavin

Moon River, Fly Me to the Moon, Blue Moon, How High the Moon, Bad Moon Rising, Clare de Lune, Moondance, Harvest Moon, Moonshadow. A nearly endless supply of songs named for the moon reflect our delight in a particularly striking lunar display. In Los Angeles photographer J.K. Lavin’s images, the moon has a huge presence, yet it remains unseen throughout the fourteen photographs in her exhibition opening Saturday, July 11 at Spot Photo Works in Hollywood. The moon is the lead character in the narrative, having tremendous impact on the course of events, yet it does its handiwork off-screen, out of frame.

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Full Moon Dream #2 ©2013,  J.K. Lavin

J.K. Lavin takes to the streets deep into the evening when the full moon lights the night skies to photograph for her series Mapping the History of the Moon. With only the company of the moon as her guide and luminance, Lavin creates beautifully saturated color photographs that make us feel as though the night air is upon our skin and the incandescent window light on a porch shines through the hedge just across the street. There is a sense of home and a sense of belonging and there is the sense of observing a world just outside of reach. Someone is home, but it may not be you or I.

With the passing of her parents, Lavin wrote: “After deconstructing my family home, I stepped outside under a full moon and took a breath. I felt strangely at peace. A ritual began that night of photographing once a month by the light of the full moon. That sense of night and timelessness allows me to experience a world where I feel most at home, where in the stillness I can sense my mortality. I instinctively create the photographs that reflect what remains of the day after dark, the essence of light and life distilled into color, gestures, and liminal moments of memory and time.”

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Full Moon Stairway ©2013, J.K. Lavin

A softness of focus that might be bothersome in many contexts, feels apropos in this case. While a subtle blur conveys the lack of ability to fully make out the details of a neighborhood at night, we also have the sense that sometimes we’re glad to let the clarity go and relax a bit. What remains is an overall languid quality, the sensation one has of taking a nightly stroll on a warm evening. Mapping the History of the Moon offers viewers a welcoming glow. You can almost smell the Star Jasmine, or hear the leaves rustling against a neighbor’s siding.

Full Moon Bungalow © J.K. Lavin
Full Moon Bungalow © 2013, J.K. Lavin

J.K. Lavin studied at The Visual Studies Workshop, New York, and received a Master of Arts degree in photography from Cal State Fullerton. Her work has been shown at Gallery 444, Palm Springs; Photoplace Gallery, Vermont and the Gallery at Roarke Art Museum, Minnesota. She lives and works in Venice, California.

Join us for an opening reception for the artist, J.K. Lavin, on Saturday, July 11, 2015, 6-9pm at Spot Photo Works, 6679 Sunset Blvd. (at historic Crossroads of the World) in Hollywood. Her exhibition will remain through September 10, 2015.  Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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A Spot Among Friends

 

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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:

Regina Pelagus I, © 2012, Chris Anthony
Regina Pelagus I, © 2012, Chris Anthony

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

Koreatown, © 2004, Gregg Segal
Koreatown, © 2004, Gregg Segal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Party’s Over, But The Show Is Just Starting

 

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the opening reception of Victory Tischler-Blue’s exhibition “Of Beauty and Ruin”. We loved having you and it meant the world to Victory. For Spot Photo Works, seeing so many new faces amid old friends was a joy.  We’re really glad to share in building an energetic and affable exhibition space where people can support and appreciate great new photography.  Victory’s gorgeous photographs will be on display and available for sales Monday through Friday 10:30 – 5:30 pm through November 11, 2014 at Spot Photo Works, 6679 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood CA.  Price sheets are available by writing to Spot at spotphotogallery@gmail.com and if you’re not in Southern California, we can ship.

Here’s a bit of the scene on opening night:

 

Still friends:  Victory Tischler-Blue and Jackie Fox - two former members of The Runaways.  Both went on to compelling careers outside of music.
Still friends: Victory Tischler-Blue and Jackie Fox – two former members of The Runaways. Both went on to compelling careers outside of music.

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The crowd spilled outside of Spot Photo Works onto the sidewalk on Sunset Blvd.  Beautiful night.
The crowd spilled outside of Spot Photo Works onto the sidewalk on Sunset Blvd. Beautiful night.
Spot's Kathleen Clark and Victory Tischler-Blue.
Spot’s Kathleen Clark and Victory Tischler-Blue.
Photographers Andy Atkins, Jody Miller and Fred Hoerr.
Photographers Andy Atkins, Jody Miller and Fred Hoerr.
Artist Rebecca Farr, Spot's partners: Kathleen Clark & Russell Adams and photographer Lisa Romerein.
Artist Rebecca Farr, Spot’s partners: Kathleen Clark & Russell Adams and photographer Lisa Romerein.
Doug Fregolle, Brian Bolain and Patricia Brotman.
Doug Fregolle, Brian Bolain and Patricia Brotman.

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Painter Deborah Martin and friend.
Painter Deborah Martin and friend.
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Spot Partner and Master Printer Russell Adams of Schulman Photo Lab (Center).
Rice Road, Victory Tischler-Blue ©2011
Rice Road, Victory Tischler-Blue ©2011

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Lights out.  Come visit us at Spot Photo Works.

 

 

OF BEAUTY & RUIN: VICTORY TISCHLER-BLUE

Ragsdale Road, Victory Tischler-Blue © 2012
Ragsdale Road, Victory Tischler-Blue © 2012

“There’s always a minor chord running through my work and everyone has a story. Some are just darker than others.”

– Victory Tischler-Blue

A member of the iconic 1970s all-girl rock band, The Runaways, Victory Tischler-Blue left the band at the age of 19 to pursue a successful creative life producing and directing television and motion pictures, all the while building an elegant body of still photographic images.

Spot Photo Works is pleased to present Victory Tischler-Blue’s Of Beauty and Ruin, from September 20 through November 11, 2014. An opening reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 6-9pm at the gallery at 6679 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Stardust, New Mexico by Victory Tischler-Blue ©2014
Stardust, New Mexico by Victory Tischler-Blue ©2014

Tischler-Blue’s stunning landscape photographs capture the epic beauty of the Southwestern desert, and with it the remains of failed dreams under crystalline skies. The fine line between life and ruin shows on the faces of her raw-boned outlier portraits: some androgynous, some damaged but rich with life and as fragile as an empty tank of gas, a well gone dry or a faded love.

Smile Now, Cry Later by Victory Tischler-Blue ©2012
Smile Now, Cry Later by Victory Tischler-Blue ©2012

“I’m always drawn to wild places as well as the people who inhabit them,” says Tischler-Blue. “For me, photography is all about intimacy and the element of surprise. There’s a magic that comes along with things not planned, and being open to it allows for the unscripted to manifest.” Ultimately the endless star-filled skies of the open desert win out and we as viewers are driven on a road trip full of wonders.

Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Victory Tischler-Blue lives in Palm Springs, California.

Rice Road, Victory Tischler-Blue ©2011
Rice Road, Victory Tischler-Blue ©2011

Sept 20 – Nov 11, 2014

Opening Reception for the Artist: Sat Sept 20, 6pm-9pm

Regular Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am–5:30pm

Spot Photo Works is located at 6679 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood at Crossroads of the World.

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Dennis DeHart received a warm Los Angeles welcome as Spot Photo Works opened it’s doors for the first time. A steady stream of friends, old and new, viewed DeHart’s lovely body of color photographs from Finland and Scandinavia. Many stayed to visit as the sunset view on Sunset Boulevard fulfilled the promise of the legendary street’s name. Spot is open for business from Monday through Friday, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm. DeHart’s exhibition runs until September 16.

Spot Photo Works is located at 6679 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Concentrate to the Quiet, by Dennis DeHart at Spot Photo Works.
Concentrate to the Quiet, by Dennis DeHart at Spot Photo Works.

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DeHart’s Scandinavian Images to Open Spot

Mushroom Map by Dennis DeHart © 2014

SPOT PHOTO WORKS, a new contemporary photography gallery, is pleased to present photographs by artist Dennis DeHart in our opening exhibition. Please join us in a reception for the artist Saturday, August 2, 2014, 6-9pm at 6679 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. The exhibition will continue through September 16, 2014.

Compelled by the connections and conflicts of the natural and cultural worlds, Dennis DeHart’s images weave together a mix of landscape, portraiture and still life into pristine color photographs. During a recent artist residency in Finland, DeHart traversed the countryside extensively. The resulting photographs are heavily influenced by Scandinavian aesthetics of light, design, craftsmanship and simplicity.

Dennis DeHart is an Associate Professor of Photography at Washington State University. His work is in the collections of the Getty Archives in Los Angeles and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is his first Los Angeles exhibition.

SPOT PHOTO WORKS is a project by Kathleen Clark and Russell Adams.

Lookout Lake Pyhajarvi by Dennis DeHart © 2014
Lookout Lake Pyhajarvi by Dennis DeHart © 2014

 

DENNIS DEHART TO OPEN SPOT PHOTO WORKS AUG. 2, 2014

Jokamiehenoikeus, Dennis DeHart, © 2014
Jokamiehenoikeus, Dennis DeHart, © 2014

SPOT Photo Works announces its August 2, 2014 opening in the landmark architectural buildings known as “Crossroads of the World” at 6679 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. SPOT, a contemporary photography gallery, will present the work of artists whose images reference nature and development, notions of home and family, social change and identity – in other words, life and the human experience.

In its inaugural exhibition, Spot Photo Works is pleased to present “Concentrate To The Quiet,” new photographs by artist Dennis DeHart. An opening reception will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the exhibition continuing through September 16, 2014.

Compelled by the connections, conflicts, and intersections of the natural and cultural worlds, Dennis DeHart’s work weaves together stylistic observation with a personal voice. Experiencing place though participation is an important conceptual component as DeHart states: “My main concern is in expressing interconnections; that what we do in our own backyard has a broader effect on the larger world we live in.”

Pastoral (Sweden), archival pigment print, © 2014 Dennis DeHart
Pastoral (Sweden), © 2014 Dennis DeHart

“Concentrate to the Quiet” is composed of color portraits, landscapes and still lives taken while Dennis DeHart was an artist-in-residence at the Backlight Photography Festival held at Voipaala Art Center in Finland. The work includes temporal sculptures and found objects expressed as photographs. “In Finland, everyone may walk, ski or cycle freely in the countryside where this does not harm the natural environment or the landowner.  I spent a good portion of my time in Voipaala and environs roaming and photographing in the countryside.” The resulting photographs are informed by Scandinavia/Nordic aesthetics including light, design, quality of craft, and simplicity.

Dennis DeHart (b. 1970, Hood River, OR) is an artist and Associate Professor of Photography at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.He previously served as an Assistant Professor of Photography at State University of New York College at Buffalo. DeHart received an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 2002. He was awarded grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Dennis DeHart’s photographs are included in private and public collections including the Getty Archives in Los Angeles, The City of Phoenix, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Most recently DeHart lectured at the University of Nantes in France and exhibited his photographs in a solo exhibition at the Pingyao International Photo Festival in China. This is his first Los Angeles exhibition.

Pipp and Finn (in collaboration with Clare Gallagher), Archival Pigment Print, © 2014 Dennis DeHart
Pipp and Finn (in collaboration with Clare Gallagher),                                   © 2014 Dennis DeHart

SPOT Photo Works is a partnership between Kathleen Clark and Russell Adams. SPOT’s Director Kathleen Clark, has mounted exhibitions at a variety of locations including Clark|Oshin Gallery, Leica Gallery Los Angeles and Month of Photography LA, exhibiting such artists at Dan Winters, Jill Greenberg, Hugh Kretschmer, Marjorie Salvaterra, David Strick, Fredrik Broden and Gregg Segal. She was the longtime Photo Director at Los Angeles magazine and LA Weekly and was Publicist for the NW Film Center at the Portland Art Museum. She has an MFA from UC Irvine, and her personal and collaborative work showed extensively throughout the West Coast in the 1980s-90s.

Russell Adams has owned and operated Schulman Photo Lab (located next door to SPOT) since 1991. The boutique analog darkroom and digital lab specializes in fine art exhibition printing as well as printing and drum scanning for photographic book projects. Clients for Russell Adams’ master photographic printing include a range of established and emerging fine art photographers, cinematographers and publishers. Adams studied Art at Tulane University.

SPOT Photo Works (storefront at left) at Crossroads of the World, Los Angeles
SPOT Photo Works (storefront at left) at Crossroads of the World, Los Angeles

Spot Photo Works location at Crossroads of the World follows a long and storied tradition of the complex housing creative businesses and artists from a variety of disciplines. Designed by architect Robert V. Derrah and built in 1936, Crossroads of the World was initially opened as America’s first outdoor shopping mall. Derrah’s unusual design features a central streamline moderne building resembling a cruise ship at dock between buildings reflecting an array of international village themes: Spanish, Moroccan, English Cottage. The quirky and intimate design drew an extensive clientele of tenants for Crossroads’ office space including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Beatrice Wood, Alfred Hitchcock, Tim Burton and Taschen Books, while numerous musicians recorded or rehearsed at the complex including Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, Melissa Etheridge, Fleetwood Mac, Gladys Knight, BB King, and Aretha Franklin. In short, a visit to Spot Photo Works, is also an opportunity to view one of Los Angeles and Hollywood’s architectural gems.

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