PAC•LA Member News: December 2016


Aline Smithson: Self & Others

2 - 22 February 2017
Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale Arizona

This February, Scottsdale-based Tilt Gallery will be holding a solo exhibition of the work of LENSCRATCH founder & editor, Aline Smithson. Titled, Self & Others, the exhibition will feature photographs from Smithson's series of the same name.  

Click here to read a recent interview with the artist as published in Underexposed Magazine.

(above) A solo exhibition of Smithson's series, People I Don't Know was featured at the 2016 Shanghai International Photography Festival.  

Click here for more work by Aline Smithson.

Cindy Bendat: Los Angeles: Detailed


Until 19 February 2017
Artist Talk: 28 January 2017 @ 11am
Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica


Los Angeles: Detailed is a photographic examination of the details that make up the mosaic that is Los Angeles by nine photographers - Cindy Bendat, Maureen Van Leeuwen Haldeman, Debe Arlook, Mark Indig, Lawrence D'Attilio, Peter Bennett, Larry Brownstein, Diane Cockerill and Ann Mitchell. Often drawn to and obsessed by details, marks and captured moments, photographers often do their deepest and most contemplative work close to home. Saturated lifeguard towers, power lines, closed storefronts, abstractions of a marked landscape, architectural landmarks, intimacies from ethnic celebrations and street life - these are all a part of what makes Los Angeles a vibrant and special space to record. 

All Women are Dangerous

                 Tami Bahat                             Marian Crostic
                Sarah Hadley                          Sandra Klein 

                JK Lavin                                 Paula Riff

                Aline Smithson                       Susan Swihart

Curated by Marisa Caichiolo, Chris Davies and Daniel Alfonso

7 January 2017 - 15 February 2017
Opening Reception: 7 January 2017 @ 6pm
BBAX, Bergamot Station

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The Building Bridges Art Exchange (BBAX) and Fabrik Magazine welcome All Women Are Dangerous, an exhibition that features the work by seventeen women photographers and explores and highlights the rise of female contemporary artists. Through stunning photographic images, each work sheds light on some of the most pressing issues facing each artist in hopes of starting a dialog around the question: are all women dangerous? 

"The exhibition focuses on the use of photography as a vehicle to explore self identity and issues of gender presentation,” stated Marisa Caichiolo, Director of BBAX. “While some of the featured artists have a conceptual or experimental approach, others have opted for the traditional photographic process. The common thread is that they all have established a very intimate and personal photographic discussion." "Only men are named in photography textbooks because the contemporary art scene is a greatly male-dominated area," stated Alfonso. “We want to show and recognize the role that women have played in changing the artistic landscape through their contributions." 

“These are the voices that will continue to challenge and change the current photographic landscape,” said Davies. 

Leba Marquez: LACP Second Annual Creative Portrait Exhibition

Los Angeles Center of Photography
18 November 2016 - 9 December 2016

The Los Angeles Center of Photography proudly presents it's second annual "The Creative Portrait" exhibition, an incredible collection of portrait photography selected by commercial photographer and LACP board of advisory member Greg Gorman. 120 photographers submitted entries for the exhibition, representing over 600 works of art. Of these, 49 images were chosen from 46 different artists. 

Click here for more work by Leba Marquez.

Janet Sternburg: Overspilling World

Book Launch: 10 December @ 11:30am
Hauser Wirth Schimmel, 901 East 3rd St.

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Can a still photograph embody living perception? Can it contain its abundance? Can photography, not a time-based medium, render ongoing flow? Can it do justice to an overspilling world? To these questions, Janet Sternburg (b. Boston, 1943; lives and works in Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), a writer and philosopher as well as a photographer, says yes. Her work proves that photography can render the perceptual movement that is our experience. Working without any optical or digital manipulation and with the simplest of means – disposable and early iPhone cameras – she brings together the manifest aspects of the world on a single plane, portraying a vision of interpenetrating and layered time and space. Often shooting through windows, she uses reflection not to mirror but rather to blur conventional separations between inside and outside, solid and fluid, subject and object. These are images of consciousness – its fluidity and porosity as opposed to the delimitations that structure reasoned thought – fused with everyday life. 

Overspilling World is Janet Sternburg’s first monograph and features texts by Sternburg, art historian Pepe Karmel, photographer Catherine Opie, curator Alexandra von Stosch, and filmmaker-photographer Wim Wenders.

Click here for more on the series, Overspilling World.

Ellen Cantor: Unorthodox Anatomy

Until 20 January 2017
USC Keck School of Medicine 
1975 Zonal Avenue, #235, 90031

Ellen Cantor is currently exhibiting 14 photographs from her series Unorthodox Anatomy at USC's Hoyt Gallery.  Curated by Ted Meyer, Unorthodox Anatomy references the 16th and 17th century genre of still life painting popular in the Netherlands called vanitas or momento mori. Through allusion and metaphor, Ellen addresses the issues of pain, aging, the possibility of death and the options for living with titanium screws and plates and cages implanted within ones body.

Click here for more on the series, Unorthodox Anatomy.

Nancy Baron: Palm Springs > The Good Life Goes On

Nancy Baron's second monograph, Palm Springs > The Good Life Goes On, was released by Kehrer Verlag in October. She will be showing work from this body of work to the LAAAb Collectors Group on December 7. She will also be showing a photograph from The Good Life Goes On in the LACP booth at Photo L.A. After several book signings in Los Angeles, New York, and Palm Springs, Nancy will be signing books at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture & Design Center during Palm Springs Modernism Week. 
(above) Lee's Gone, Liberace's Palm Springs Estate, an image from Nancy's first monograph, has been selected by The Billboard Creative to be featured on a billboard on Vine Street, south of Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood from 5 December 2016 - 1 January 2017.

Click here for more on the series, The Good Life > Palm Springs.

Paula Riff: 2016 Southern California/Baja Biennial 

San Diego Art Institute
10 December 2016 - 29 January 2017 

For the past four decades, San Diego Art Institute has been hosting a biennial featuring juried and invitational work by artists living and working between Los Angeles and Tijuana. This international exhibition—juried by Anthony Graham, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego—features work in a range of mediums including photography, installation, painting, video, and sculpture. 

Paula will be showing three images from her new series entitled, Diaries from Home. Click here for more on the series.

Tracey Landworth & Santino Zafarana: Creative Photography Workshop Group Exhibition 

10 December 2016
3 - 6 pm
Duncan Miller Gallery, Bergamot Station

Click here for more information on Creative Photography Workshops.

Jamie Wolf: Newtown

Newtown, a project for which Wolf was an early executive producer, is now being shown in select venues across the United States. The hauntingly memorable work documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.

Click here for more information on Newtown, or send an email to:


Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris                
10 November 2016 - 24 December 2017

Photographs from Sara Jane Boyers' in-progress exploration of the city of her birth, DETROIT:DEFINITION, just opened in Paris at Galerie Claude Samuel during Paris Photo Week and remains on exhibition there until 24 December.
(above) Photographs from DETROIT:DEFINITION have been licensed to Vassar Magazine and to the University of Michigan’s Taubman’s School of Architecture who are using Boyers' 2016 Venice Biennale photograph for a nationwide promotion of their prestigious Fellowship Program.

Click here for more on the series, DETROIT:DEFINITION.

Richard Ehrlich @ ROSEGALLERY

10 December 2016 - 4 February 2017
Opening Reception: 10 December 6-8pm

ROSEGALLERY, Bergamot Station

Click here for more work by Richard Ehrlich.
(above) Ehrlich's publication entitled, Reverie was recently gifted to 500 individuals in a fundraising effort on behalf of the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen Cancer Program. 

Click here for more on the series, Reverie.

Diane Silverman: A Journey into the Unconscious

Diane Silverman had a solo exhibition, A Journey into the Unconscious, of her fine art photography at Vito Esposito in Beverly Hills, August through October 2016.  The exhibition featured a selection of her photographs from several of her project portfolios: Masked, A Stilled Life, The Midnight Garden of Unearthly Delights and Transformations.  In much of her work, Diane creates still life assemblages, using objects that become personal metaphors for the internal world of dreams, emotions and fantasies.  Her desire is to photograph what she feels, not just what she sees.  Dr. Silverman is a visual artist, a practicing psychoanalyst and art therapist in Beverly Hills. 
(above) A photograph from Silverman's series Phantasm was selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Center of Photography's Second Annual Creative Portrait Exhibition.  The exhibition is currently running through the month of December.  

Click here for more work by Diane Silverman.