“In my self-portraits, I take what is real -myself- and distill it through the prism of what others have learned to think is true about Russians,” Catherine Asanov defines her photographs.Her work presents stereotypes – Russian stereotypes. At first, we see purely humor.The pictures exaggerate what is thought and believed about the people and culture of Russia. If we look deeper, though, we can meet the artist, observe more than her basic background, and notice her ‘self’ in her ‘self-portraits.’ Asanov first combines others’ beliefs in her self-portraits, but she also unites them with her own critique of those ideas.
“Riverrun" Photographs of the LA River, by Ray Carofano.
"Riverrun" is a suite of photographs, of the Los Angeles River,
capturing seldom seen images of the fifty-one mile storm drain. Forsaken for so long and fenced off from
the very communities it once sustained, the river is now primarily a flood
control channel and conduit for urban waste.Taking 'less-picturesque' portions of the river as his
subject, Carofano's carefully framed images reveal the not-so-hidden majesty of
the concrete, the smooth lines of the river's channel. Sophisticated geometry, atmospheric
light and color, and rightness of scale give these images a painterly quality
that requires close observation in order to determine that they are indeed
photographs. Conditions that could be considered appalling, on the contrary,
appear alluring and serene - each image pays homage to the intersection between
nature and the designed environment.
Carofano’s career in photography spans over fifty years,
his education beginning at Quinnipiac College, Southern
Connecticut State College and the Paier School of Art. Carofano’s photographs
have been shown extensively throughout the United States, with several
exhibitions abroad as well. His work can be found in the permanent
collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, Santa Barbara Museum of
Art, Santa Barbara, CA., Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA., Fototeca
de Cuba, National Archives, Havana, Cuba and other private and corporate
collections. He lives and works in
San Pedro, CA. This is his first
solo exhibit at dnj Gallery.
Last Saturday, March 4th, dnj Gallery hosted The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles.
C3LA is a new choral music ensemble exclusively performing music written during the last 25 years, about a third of which is by members of the group itself. It’s a collective of composers, conductors, and singers, with all members of the group taking on different directorship roles - there is no one music director.
Milken Community Photography Students Milken Community School's Photography Department nurtures and cultivates
unique qualities of each student in order to discover their creative abilities.
Students are exposed to a new way of artistic thinking through a visual world
of expression and interpretation. Students learn visual communication skills in
an inspiring environment, under the guidance of teachers and artists. Eight
student artists from Milken Community Schools were inspired by Pamela
Mayers-Schoenberg’s exhibition When
Did it Stop Being Fun? – a closer look at the expectations and burdens
of formal education. In their upcoming show at dnj Gallery Up For Interpretation they have
interpreted the concept in multiple ways, presenting a prismatic approach to
communicating their individual stories: from conveying the difficulty students
face balancing schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and impossible
expectations to an existential search for beauty within fragmented chaos. At
Milken the students explore a wide variety of media while learning
self-discipline, critical thinking, and decision making. Art history, culture,
and Judaic imagery are woven into the curriculum. The students’ perceptions of
the world are challenged and enriched as they explore their identity through
the creative process.