Saturday, October 30, 2010

LA Times Review - Dylan Vitone

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce that Dylan Vitone's "Miami Project" was recently reviewed in the calendar section of the Los Angeles Times! Congratulations Dylan!

Dylan Vitone, Body Builders, 2009, archival inkjet print, 15 x 85 inches

Dylan Vitone Shows Some Skin
October 28, 2010 | 8:00 pm

By: Christopher Knight

Dylan Vitone makes wide-format panoramic collages that must be scanned, usually horizontally but in one instance vertically, rather than seen head-on as a single picture. Just over a foot high and as much as 7 feet wide, the color ink-jet photographs are visually consumed in bits and pieces. They invite participation in a perceptually heightened dance between seeing and being seen.

For his second show at dnj Gallery, the Pittsburgh-based artist focuses mostly on skin. Shot in Miami in 2009, his subjects include female bikini models, a men's body building contest, performers at a porn convention, an advertising fashion shoot and kids jumping off a pier into the ocean (the vertical panorama, emphasizing their free-fall). The quality is documentary, and a good deal of the pictorial liveliness comes from the friction between some subjects who knowingly pose for the camera (and for each other) and others who are caught off-guard.

Many of the panoramas include people who are themselves armed with cameras and taking pictures at the event. That turns the scene into a delirious roundelay of voyeurism and display, self-conscious and otherwise. Even the pleasure of kids jumping off the pier partly comes from their apparent desire to show off.

Vitone assembles multiple shots to achieve the panoramic scope. Wisely, he doesn't attempt to make the joints between photographs seamless. The result is a visual stutter, which seems crucial. Physical perfection, or some conception of it, is sought at these multifarious events, and Vitone's camera technique interrupts the flow.

One result is a feeling of temporal fragility — of time's passage and the camera's deceits. A pageantry of beauty and fun becomes unexpectedly poignant.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Helen K. Garber In Group Exhibition

DNJ Gallery artist, Helen K. Garber, was chosen to participate in The Factory's group exhibition titled The 2010 Architectural Photography Show that will be running from October 23 - November 20, 2010. The opening reception is Saturday, October 23 from 3-6pm, so be sure to check it out!

The show "is a diverse, yet concentrated view of fine art architectural photography in Los Angeles. From the dramatic to the iconic, abstract to documentary, the works all highlight the unusual, the beautiful, the surreal and the compelling architecture around us." (The Factory web site)

The Factory
912 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Laura Parker News

DNJ Gallery artist, Laura Parker, will be showing images from her series titled From the Range: Pot Bottoms and Naked Eye Objects at Matrushka Construction on 3822 W. Sunset Blvd. and the artist reception will be held this Friday, October 22 from 7-9pm! Hope you all can make it out to enjoy some amazing art and hand-made clothing! :-)

To see more of Laura's series in person, please stop by the gallery.

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Laura Parker, Naked Eye Objects (blue),
digital c-print, 20" x 20"

Bill Sosin News

DNJ Gallery artist, Bill Sosin and his City Rain series, has been featured in a new book titled Migration: Lost and Found in America. The book features several US photographers, including local artist Dave Jordano. Congratulations Bill! :-)

To see more of Bill's City Rain series, please stop by the gallery some time.

You can pre-order the book here at Amazon for $32.97!

Bill Sosin, The Bridge, archival inkjet print, 2006-2009, 16" x 20"

Cynthia Greig News

A big congratulations to DNJ Gallery artist, Cynthia Greig, for her recent inclusion in Photo Plus Magazine's October issue within the "Welcome to My Week" section! This large eight page spread follows Cynthia for one week and includes text and images, although in another language we can still appreciate the content within. Amazing Cynthia!! :-)

To see more of Cynthia's Representation work in person, please stop by the gallery some time.

Here are a few scanned pages from the article:

1-Photo Plus Magazine - Cynthia Greig
2-Photo Plus Magazine - Cynthia Greig
3-Photo Plus Magazine - Cynthia Greig
4-Photo Plus Magazine - Cynthia Greig

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Helen K. Garber News

A big congratulations to DNJ Gallery artist, Helen K. Garber, for her recent success during the Sotheby's/George Eastman House Auction! Helen's beautiful Noir image of the World Trade Center From Empire State Building went for $1,906.00 + $381 buyers premium and the image was the 15th highest in a lot of 224.

If you are interested to see some of Helen's Venice Noir images in person, please stop by the gallery some time.

Helen K. Garber, World Trade Center From Empire State Building, 1997

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Opening at Pan Pacific Park

DNJ Gallery owners, Pamela and Randol Schoenberg, are very pleased to announce the official opening of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust on on Thursday, October 14th at 10am. Randol Schoenberg, among may others, has worked tirelessly on the development of this amazing space and the varied stories it tells, so please join us for the Building Dedication Ceremony and be sure to spread the word about this amazing new addition to Los Angeles.

Take a virtual video tour here

Artist rendering of the new museum

Museum Overview:

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust presents the history of the Holocaust as objectively as possible. For this reason its exhibits present as many original artifacts as possible and display them in a way that allows them to tell the individual stories they contain.

The Museum’s architecture and layout play significant roles in how you experience your visit. You will notice the rooms descending and decreasing in light as you progress towards the darkest part of history; from there you will ascend and return to a world of normalcy and illumination.

Technology functions as a tool to enhance your experience, rather than as an end in itself. It takes several forms throughout the Museum. Audio guide players, for example, allow you to listen to the many narrative explanations found throughout the Museum. Be sure to pick up one of the printed guides depicting the personal life stories of several individuals whose experiences are told in stations throughout the exhibits.

A powerful and affecting interactive Memory Pool in the World That Was will help you build your understanding of Jewish life throughout Europe prior to World War II. You can explore a virtual photo album featuring photos from the Museum’s collection and the wealth of material in a data base gathered by Centropa: The Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation.

Other interactive exhibits, such as the 18 displays in the combined Deportation & Extermination and Labor/Concentration/Death Camps room, depict the breadth, depth and severity of the world the Nazis created. Monitors displaying actual footage taken during the Holocaust era present unforgettable images of a tragic history as it unfolded.

Wall displays throughout the Museum provide critical background to the history of the Holocaust. Images in The Rise of Nazism make up a pictorial timeline of the events from 1933 to 1938. Photographs and text along the wall of the Deportation & Extermination and Labor/Concentration/Death Camps retell the fates of Jews in several countries. Elsewhere, such as in World Response/Resistance/Rescue, highlight several of the rare but heroic efforts made by non-Jews to save Jewish lives.

Several exhibits depict the victimization of Catholics, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, political dissenters, and others targeted by the Nazis.

Three models detail specific aspects of Holocaust events. A model of the Hartheim Castle in Onset of War/Ghettoization/Extermination shows where the Nazis collected handicapped and mentally ill people and performed grotesque medical experiments on them.

As you pass from that room into the combined camp rooms, you will see a recreation of one of the train cars used to transport victims to the camps. A video monitor inside the car shows a scene of prisoners as they disembarked.

In the combined room you will see a scale model of the Sobibor death camp. Created by Thomas Blatt, one of the few Sobibor survivors, you will be able to watch video of Mr. Blatt explaining how the camp operates and how he and other prisoners staged the uprising that ultimately saved his life.

Other exhibits detail the challenges facing the relatively few survivors as they struggled to rebuild their lives after liberation. The Rotating Exhibit Gallery presents music of and about the Holocaust and artistic depictions of it and responses to it.

We invite you to visit our Museum. We trust you will discover your own highlights: images that provoke you; interactive experiences that will cause you to see history in a new way; facts that will astound you. Most importantly, though the Holocaust is the most tragic event in history, we believe your visit to the Museum will strengthen your personal commitment to making your world a better place.

Cynthia Greig News

We are very excited to announce that DNJ Gallery artist, Cynthia Greig, has two upcoming exhibitions in 2010:

Cynthia Greig, Representation #63 (books), 2007, c-print, 18" x 30"

The first exhibition will be held at Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, November 2-27, 2010 and will be titled Cynthia Greig: Nature Morte.

The second exhibition will be held at Witzenhausen Gallery in Amsterdam, November 13-December 11, 2010 and will be titled Cynthia Greig: The Matter of Life and Death.

Congratulations Cynthia and good luck!

To see more of Cynthia's work, please stop by the gallery or visit our web site at

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dylan Vitone Featured on Carnegie Mellon's School of Design Site

Congratulations to DNJ Gallery artist, Dylan Vitone, for his recent review for "The Miami Project"!

Dylan Vitone, Car Shot, 2009, archival inkjet print, 15 x 60 inches

Professor Dylan Vitone’s Work Exhibited in Los Angeles

Dylan Vitone, associate professor of the School of Design, has his latest photography collection, “The Miami Project,” on exhibit this month at Los Angeles’s DNJ Gallery.

Vitone’s personal goal is to learn a visceral response to new cultures and groups of people. His photography is extremely successful at capturing a voyeuristic view of the social essence of a place’s ordinary people. His previous collections focused on Pittsburgh and South Boston, using black and white images to reveal the gritty working classes of these cities. “Working in the tradition of street photographers and social anthropologists such as Milton Rogovin and Bruce Davidson, Vitone makes extended portraits of communities through intimate observations of their everyday rituals,” said Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times.

While similar in style to Vitone’s previous collections, “The Miami Project” shows an extremely different face of American culture. These color photographs capture a glossy, hypersexualized narcissism one might find in Miami. Subjects include body builders, bikini models, and attendees of porn conventions.

Although Vitone’s style might sound like photojournalism, it is anything but that. “There is a fine line between truth and artistic expression” Vitone explained. His photographs have a surreal quality to them that helps the viewer understand that his images are an expression of his own personal interpretation of Miami.

Like his past collections, The Miami Project features urban panoramas that are up to seven feet long and less than a foot high. He also includes long, vertical images. He keeps the seams of the photographs visible, paying attention to breaks in the photos so that the viewer can see his sleight of hand.

The exhibition of The Miami Project will continue at DNJ Gallery from September 11 through November 5th. Vitone’s work can be found on his professional photography website.

“The Miami Project” was originally displayed in October 2009 at the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts, where he was named Pittsburgh’s Emerging Artist of the Year.