On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 I had the great opportunity to film "Surface to Air: Los Angeles Artists of the '60s and the Materials that they used." The film was shot at Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles with a narrative by Genevieve Day. Curated by Robert Dean, the film features the artwork in the exhibition as part of my ongoing Take 1 Art Film Series. I approached KGC because of the influence that all the artists in the exhibition have influenced many of the artists that I am documenting today throughout Southern California.
These films provide me an education as a filmmaker to better understand the materials and process that are still celebrated among the new generations of California artists, which influence has spread throughout art cultures around the world. Below is my 9-minute film, a length appropriate for the scale of this exhibition.
Kayne Griffin Corcoran exhibited Surface to Air: Los Angeles Artists of the '60s and the Materials that they used, curated by Robert Dean. Artists in the exhibition include Peter Alexander, Hobie Alter, Kenneth Anger, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Judy Chicago, Ron Cooper, Ron Davis, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, John McCracken, Ken Price, Ed Roth and Ed Ruscha. These artists shared techniques and common processes who produced art throughout the 1960s. Below are a few images of the artwork in the exhibition.
Craig Kauffman, Untitled, 1966
Acrylic on vacuum formed colored plastic
55 1/2 x 31 x 6 inches
Photo Credit: Brian Forrest
Courtesy of the Estate of Craig Kauffman and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles
This article is part of an ongoing photojournalism survey of art exhibition openings in SoCal titled EMS N(art)rative. Through my lens I document a photographic essay or visual "N(art)rative" that captures the happenings, personalities, collectors, gallerists, artists, and the art itself; all elements that form the richly varied and textured fabric of the SoCal art world. This reconnaissance offers a unique view for serious art world players to obtain news and information on the current pulse of what's in the now, yet capturing timeless indelible images for posterity and legacy. Here is EMS N(art)rative Fourteen.