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Cohen Gallery Exhibition: Falling From Great Heights

Gallerist Stephen Cohen has put together a smashing group show. Falling from Great Heights is a troika of pictorial artists who cast a spell of color, shape and ethereal light that incant a phosphorescent and delightful display of lustrous images.

Siri Kaur’s dabs of mesmeric color compliment John Knuth’s dense Polaroids of smoke and mirrors. Heather Rasmussesen’s handmade paper sculptures are stacked, scattered or crumpled into formations that replicate found images on the Internet of actual cargo accidents.

Untitled (MV Rena, Astrolabe Reef, New Zealand, October 28, 2011), 2012 Untitled (Stacks Diptych, Date and Location Unknown), 2011 © Heather Rasmussen

Untitled (MV Rena, Astrolabe Reef, New Zealand, October 28, 2011), 2012
Untitled (Stacks Diptych, Date and Location Unknown), 2011 © Heather Rasmussen

Untitled (MV Rena, Astrolabe Reef, New Zealand, October 28, 2011), 2012 © Heather Rasmussen

Untitled (MV Rena, Astrolabe Reef, New Zealand, October 28, 2011), 2012
© Heather Rasmussen

Faded Siren 17, 2012 © John Knuth

Faded Siren 17, 2012 © John Knuth

High Harbor 34, 2012 © John Knuth

High Harbor 34, 2012 © John Knuth

Rose (Darkroom Experiment #2), 2012 © Siri Kaur

Rose (Darkroom Experiment #2), 2012 © Siri Kaur

Black Hole (Darkroom Experiment #4), 2010 © Siri Kaur

Black Hole (Darkroom Experiment #4), 2010 © Siri Kaur

The three Los Angeles artists, grouped together, offer up an exhibition that showcases their individual, distinct styles yet at the same time reveals their mutual fascination with photography as a vehicle to abstract locations and space. Each artist’s work transcends the materials used to dislocate the viewer by means of manipulation, scale, and movement. All of them engage with the sublime, the beauty and fear of the spectacle of nature and the unknown.

The show, at the Stephen Cohen Gallery on Beverly Boulevard, opens on March 28 and runs thru May 11, 2013.

Images courtesy The Artists & Cohen Gallery

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Phil Tarley

About Phil Tarley

Phil Tarley is a fellow of the American Film Institute, an artist member of the Los Angeles Art Association and writes about contemporary art, pop culture and photography for Fabrik Magazine. He curates at the A C Gallery in Los Angeles and founded Round Hole Square Peg, a biannual, international survey of LGBTQ photography shown at the Photo LA. Tarley is also a critical essayist for Katharine T. Carter & Associates, an art advisory service that  helps artists obtain museum exhibitions. His personal series of political and ethnographic videos is housed in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library and has screened in film festivals and museums like the American Film Institute,and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2009, under his nom de porn, Phil St. John, Tarley was inducted into the Gay Porn Hall of Fame for his 20-year producing and directing career. His writing and photography have also appeared in the LA Times, the LA Weekly, The WOW Report, Adventure Journal, the Advocate, Frontiers, Adult Video News, Genre, Instinct and American Photo Magazine. His book, Going down On Cuba: Notes from An Underground Traveler,  is slated to be published later in the year by Fabrik Press.  

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