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Medium Festival: Marjorie Salvaterra

Featuring photographers seen at the Medium Festival in San Diego….

I admit that I am already a fan and friend of Los Angeles photographer, Marjorie Salvaterra, but I have no hesitancy in sharing the new body of work (still in progress) she brought to the Medium Festival. Marjorie is a diminutive and determined photographer, creating large scale and compelling visual gestures that don’t reflect her stature. Her new project, HER, is influenced by Italian cinema, with a European sensibility and an out- of-the-box approach to image making that reflects the world of women–the land mines of life, motherhood, friendships, relationships that we all navigate through on a daily basis.

Marjorie has exhibited widely including the Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France,  Clark-Oshin Gallery, Los Angeles,  Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, and The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her work was included in the George Eastman House Museum auction at Sotheby’s, New York and she was runner-up for the 2009 and 2010 Berenice Abbott Prize for Emerging Photographers and a current finalist for Critical Mass 2012.

 HER 
I am a decent woman. 
 A pretty good wife — with a great therapist, otherwise I would’ve screwed this one up way too many times. 
 A mother – I think this one I do best except between the hours of 6:15 and 7:30pm and certain whole days at a time. 
 A daughter – I was a pretty terrible daughter growing up. I’m starting to get the hang of it now that I’m a parent. 
 A good sister. 
 And lastly a friend. To some, the best and to others, impossibly guarded. 

I’m forty three years-old and I’m trying to grow as a person but so is my skin. I’m not that interested in holding onto my youth. My life is far greater now. But letting go isn’t as easy as it sounds. Some days I don’t recognize this person who looks back at me in the mirror. She is older, has responsibilities. She has had to learn that sometimes God has a bigger plan for her life than she does. Not everything goes the way she wants it to go. Things happen. Money comes and goes. So do jobs. As well as friends.

People sometimes get sick and her kids will inevitably get lice and share it with her, which is still preferable to pin worms that their friends get. She will cry over losses and and weep when she sees her child standing in a line of other children. Not because everything is wrong. But because everything is right. On the outside, she strives for peace but inside there is a turbulence of holding on too tightly to all these things that have finally brought that peace and true joy. 

With HER, she turns away from the mirror and turns the camera on her own life — examining the psychology of her age and her gender in black and white, through surreal interpretations and exaggerated gestures, reminiscent of Italian cinema, creating photographs that reflect the universal idea of womanhood and assure HER that she is not on this path alone.

Manifest Destiny at the Analog Salon

Manifest Destiny, curated by Kathleen Clark, features the photographs of Randi Berez, Claudio Cambon, Larry S. Clark, Nicholas Alan Cope, Amanda Friedman, Michael Kelley, Lisa Romerein and Todd Weaver. Opening on Saturday, January 28th at The Analog Salon at Samitaur Constructs, in Culver City, the exhibition will run through March 17, 2012.

Randi Brerez, Number 82

Kathleen Clark was the longtime Photo Director of Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly. She co-directed Clark | Oshin Gallery in Los Angeles and is currently working on a variety of projects including consulting, reviewing portfolios for Eyeist.com and the publication of her photography blog, Kathleen Clark Exposed. She also serves as a portfolio reviewer for Review Santa Fe, Review LA, Foto Fest – Houston, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Art Center College of Design, and The Lucie Foundation. She holds an MFA from UC Irvine. In other words, she is a force in the photo world.

Kathleen states: “Photographers by their nature are inquisitive beings, seeking or creating worlds in which to tell or repeat a visual story. The eight artists in this exhibition, Randi Berez, Claudio Cambon, Larry S. Clark, Nicholas Alan Cope, Amanda Friedman, Michael Kelley, Lisa Romerein and Todd Weaver, come from a variety of backgrounds. Some came to the West for reasons not that dissimilar from travelers of the past. Some have lived all their lives in the west and share a deep and abiding connection to this place as much for its open landscape as for its propensity for other forms of discovery, in architecture, in technology.

Our West Coast of the present has been exploited and broadly tamed by the generations that followed the original intrepid explorers and native peoples before them. The romance of the West still lingers, however, fascinating us with its wildness, its opportunity, it’s modernism, light, water, open mindedness, creative ingenuity as well as with its withering assets.”

Amanda Friedman, Lifeguard Station

“We came on foot, on horseback, by train, by ship and eventually by car and airplane. We came west for a multitude of reasons: for adventure, for economic opportunity, to escape the crowds of the East. Our quest over the last 200 years led to the discovery of a great expansive and rugged geography, of open range and potential farmland, of rich forests, wildlife, bountiful rivers and streams, to otherworldly desert scapes and to the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. While the term Manifest Destiny was used in the 19th century to promote transcontinental expansion and provide justification for the war with Mexico, it brought devastation to America’s native cultures. This exhibition is built more broadly around the concept of Western movement, of the need to discover what there is to find beyond the next hill.

Michael Kelley, Blue Curtain

Claudio Cambon

Larry S Clark, Train Dreams

Lisa Romerien, Mt. Tabor

Nicolas Alan Cope, San F

Todd Weaver, Mindy

Farewell: MOPLA 2011

Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) completed April 30th with our final Pro’jekt LA series and an exhibition of student work from SNAPSHOP! photography workshops for at-risk youth.

A whirlwind of photography exhibitions, projections, and lectures took hold of Los Angeles in April and we can’t wait to do it all again next year. Our third year has been a success as we’ve expanded MOPLA programming even more to stimulate the photography community in Los Angeles and provide a comprehensive listing of events/exhibitions throughout the month.

This year we hosted our first annual benefit for SNAPSHOP!, presented lectures by master photographers Albert Watson, Richard Misrach and Melvin Sokolsy, co-curated the Smashbox + MOPLA group show, put on the PDN 30 exhibition with Clark|Oshin Gallery, and coordinated our Fresh Look portfolio reviews. And that’s only a sampling out of approximately 50 official MOPLA events in April.

Thank you to all that participated this past month. family law lawyer . Together we’ve cultivated a rich community of photography in Los Angeles. See you all next year!

– The Lucie Foundation –

MOPLA: Marjorie Salvaterra

Looking at photographers and exhibitions featured in The Month of Photography in Los Angeles.

The first time I met Los Angeles photographer,Marjorie Salvaterra, I wasn’t prepared for the power of her work. She is fine boned and petite, with a grin and a pixie cut. I never imagined that the striking black and white imagery she started while on bed rest with her first child would evolve into her first solo exhibition at the Clark | Oshin Gallery in conjuction with the opening night of The Month of Photography in Los Angeles. The reception will take place at Pier 59 Studios West located next to the Santa Monica gallery complex, Bergamot Station, from 7-10pm.

The exhibition will also run June 1 – July 7, at Clark | Oshin Gallery at The Icon, 5450 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Marjorie was born in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Her interest in all things theatrical began a transformation from acting to photography after playing the leading role in “The Faculty Lounge,” a black and white film by the late photographer, Herb Ritts. Her early interest photography was rekindled and never looked back.
Marjorie’s work has been well exhibited including Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France; “Classic Camera Show,” Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco; MOPLA Group Show, Los Angeles; “Contrast LA,” at A&I Gallery, Los Angeles; “Alternative Photography,” at Julia Dean Gallery, Venice, California; and the “Human + Being” show at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Marjorie’s images reveal “a fine line between sanity and insanity,” according to Virginia Heckart, Associate Curator of Photography at The Getty Center. I’ve always been fascinated by human psychology. When most girls were reading Judy Blume, I was reading the DSM. It lists all the psychological disorders and their symptoms. Diagnosis is made on the number of symptoms. And yet, it is easy to go through the list of symptoms for the various disorders and think, ‘that could be me.’ Are we all a little crazy — at least at certain moments in our lives? Is it nurture vs. nature? Some believe people are either born sane or insane.

Others believe we are all born perfect and it’s the things that happen in our lives that damage us. I tend to believe the latter. In each portrait, I am looking for that line in each person: the part of ourselves that we tend to hide, the part that scares us, the part that is usually saved for the people closest to us – the ones that know our secrets.

MOPLA Official Kick-Off Event

The Lucie Foundation presents the Official Kick-Off Event for Month of Photography Los Angeles; Adaptations and Reverberations: Contemporary Photography’s Ever-Changing Landscape, this Saturday April 2nd, 2011 from 7pm-10pm.

The event is free, open to the public and hosted by Pier 59 Studios West. Early arrival and carpool suggested. florida personal injury attorney . Self-parking in Bergamot Station and surrounding street areas.

Sound unseen: KCRW’s Visual Diary in Print and Projections as told by Stephen Laufer and Larry Hirshowitz.

Bergamot photo hop: Robert Berman, dnj Gallery, Frank Pictures Gallery, Gallery Luisotti, Peter Fetterman and Rose Gallery.

Clark|Oshin Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Marjoria Salvaterra.

A special projection by the Los Angeles Times and photographer Kiino Villand.

Silent auction proceeds to benefit KCRW 89.9

Sponsors include:Pier 59 StudiosWest, KCRW, Los Angeles Times, Tres Sietes Tequila, Dry Soda Co., Fader.

Come out and celebrate the photography community and the launch of MOPLA’s third annual events throughout April.

PDN 30 Seminar: Strategies for the Young Working Photographer

Make sure to attend PDN 30′s latest seminar, Transitions: Strategies for the Young Working Photographer next Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at Santa Monica College from 7pm-8:30pm.  A reception will follow from 8:30pm-9:30pm and  it will be held in room HSS-165, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90495.

Panelists include PDN 30 photographers David Black, Ryan Heffernan and Spencer Lowell; Sony Artisan of Imagery Andy Katz; and art producer Natalie Flemming of ad agency 72andSunny. The seminar moderator will be Holly Stuart Hughes, editor of PDN.

Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) in association with Clark|Oshin Gallery at The Icon will hold an opening reception for PDN’s 30 exhibition on Saturday, April 27th, 2011 from 6pm-9pm.