“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.
Ray Carofano’s career in photography spans over fifty years, with 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.