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The present exhibition And brings together two recent\, ongoing photographic series by Los Angeles artist Katrina Umber in her first solo show at Charlie James Gallery. As the title &ldquo\;And&rdquo\; su ggests\, the space of the photograph is continually proposed in these serie s as a means of conjunction\, a conjoining or combining of images. Images a re paired off or layered on top of one another\, two-ness and separation gi ving way to a questioning of the notion of relationality itself\, its logic al procedures and ontological implications.

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Enlarged black-and-white spl it-frame photographs comprise the Included Middle series\, in which the spa ce of one standard negative is divided in half to yield a twofold image. Se quential images are inexorably coupled by the camera\, diptychs that loosel y evoke the private narratives of everyday life as well as the formal langu age of art history: the release of white fluid from a sexual organ\, then b lack out\; the luminous appearances of a Suprematist-like square and acute triangle on shadowed walls\; Vija Celmins&ndash\;esque images of sunlight f alling on agitated waters. Alluding to Aristotle&rsquo\;s Law of the Exclud ed Middle\, which states that every proposition or its negation must be tru e\, this series suspends the structure of logic to shift the inquiry into t ruth towards the ontological. Each photograph in this series not only prese nts the capture and juxtaposition of two different moments\, but also repre sents the passage through space and time lived in between. Thus\, each phot ograph appears to affirm the presence of both the paired images as well as what those two images are not&mdash\;the passage or void created by and in between the two. The principle of the &ldquo\;Included Middle\,&rdquo\; the n\, would simply be the affirming of presence as true in and of itself: pre sence is truth.

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In contrast to the coupled images in the Included Middle series\, the photographs in Soft Mirrors entail images that overlie and ea t into others. The photographs in this series have been dually processed: b lack-and-white negatives are printed on chromogenic paper and then these pr ints are soaked in dyed water. In the resulting photographs\, faded images of indoor and outdoor scenes give way to unexpected patterns and vibrant er uptions of color. Cobalt and ultramarine blues\, violets\, vermillion\, cri mson\, and a range of siennas leech away the referential and indexical to r eveal the unpredictable yet systematic process of erosion the paper underwe nt in its watery bath. The immutable laws of chemistry dictate the dissolut ion and destruction of one image that leads to the efflorescent emergence\, a coming into being\, of yet another.

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Text by Kavior Moon

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< strong>Katrina Umber (b. 1979. Minneapolis\, MN). She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design (2004) and MFA from University of Ca lifornia Los Angeles (2010). She also attended the Skowhegan School of Pain ting and Sculpture (2011). Her work has been exhibited nationally and inter nationally\; most recently in the group show FLICKER curated by Jan Tumlir at Control Room Los Angeles. Her work is included in the Stewart and Lynda Resnik Collection and has been profiled in publications including the curre nt Fabrik. She lives and works in Los Angeles\, CA.

DTEND:20130824 DTSTAMP:20141024T075929 DTSTART:20130727 GEO:34.066589;-118.2382615 LOCATION:Charlie James Gallery\,969 Chung King Road \nLos Angeles\, CA 9001 2 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:And\, Katrina Umber UID:287033 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130727T220000 DTSTAMP:20141024T075929 DTSTART:20130727T190000 GEO:34.066589;-118.2382615 LOCATION:Charlie James Gallery\,969 Chung King Road \nLos Angeles\, CA 9001 2 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:And\, Katrina Umber UID:287034 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR