Coastline Cliffside #41, 2012
Framed Ultrachrome Archival Pigment Photograph with UV Coating
51 x 60 inches
The two new series of black and white photographs by Amir Zaki that go on view starting this weekend at ACME depict the precarious balance of subtlety and drama that is characteristic of the southern California coast. Zaki’s large portraits of trees recall Chinese landscape paintings, their negative space a powerful counterpoint to the extreme detail rendered in the leaves and bark of these oddly-shaped subjects. His series of coastal cliff sides portray the scenery we normally turn away from when we set up our beach chairs along the shoreline to gaze out at the sea. An improbable jumble of monumental retaining walls, tumble-down wooden staircases, and drainpipes, the manmade elements are overtaken in places by native vines and shrubs, wildflowers and weeds. In both series, nature and culture shake hands, tentatively agreeing to adjust to each other’s needs and to the effects of entropy at will. ACME is located at 6150 Wilshire Boulevard. There will be a reception for the artist on March 23 from 6 to 8pm, and the exhibition will be on view through April 27.
It happens when the sun is angled just right. At the shore, looking out to the line where the sky meets the ocean, time stops, and the world seems to hover. Or in the desert, when the silence takes over and the sky nearly shakes with vibrant blue, red mountain ridges cutting through its ethereal weight. When the heat reaches critical mass in the city, and the heavy air distorts everything in the periphery. L.A.’s eternal now.
On the occasion of Whitney Hubbs’ stunning and poetic exhibition opening in Los Angeles last week, we asked our friend to divulge a few of the things that feed into her elegiac photographs, art practice, and life. Her response below:
Oblivion, Grimes, 2012
Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, David Lipsky, 2010
L’avventura, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
The Daughter of the Dancers, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1933
Whitney Hubbs “The Song Itself is Already a Skip” is open through March 9th, 2013. M+B Gallery, 612 N. Almont Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90069, www.mbart.com