Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
 
Los Angeles

Frank Pictures Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Seductive Synthesis: An Erotic Exploration Of Architectural Surface: Gaudi & Gehry
2525 Michigan Ave. A5
Santa Monica, CA 90404


June 10th, 2011 - September 5th, 2011
Opening: 
June 11th, 2011 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Turmoil, Joe AkerJoe Aker, Turmoil
© Courtesy of the Artist and Frank Pictures Gallery
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.frankpicturesgallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
santa monica/venice
EMAIL:  
Laurie@FrankPicturesGallery.com
PHONE:  
(310) 828-0211
TAGS:  
photography
> DESCRIPTION

Frank Pictures Gallery presents Joe Aker’s SEDUCTIVE SYNTHESIS, An Erotic Exploration Of Architectural Surface: Gaudi & Gehry from June 10th - July 30th. Aker, a renowned Architectural photographer, was intrigued by the undulating shapes of Barcelona’s Casa Mila, an expansive apartment building designed by Antoni Gaudi that had been photographed as a whole many, many times. Aker decided to look for the sensuous details inside of the work, where most people never look. He captured slopes of Casa Mila that resemble a woman on her back with her breasts gently reclining on either side of her chest and chimney details suggesting a male phallus. Within the Gaudi structure, as well as the luninous surfaces of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Aker deliniated forms that are as supple and suggestive as contemporary nude sculpture. Printed directly on aluminum panels, Aker’s work asks that we fantasize and allow our imaginations to go beyond architecture to discover its underlying dynamic eroticism. “Looking beyond surface is important to my work”, says Aker, “I want to strip away the masks of the exterior and show the emotional charge that runs beneath form into feeling.” Joe Aker’s architectural work has appeared in all the major architectural magazines and he has photographed projects for major architects and developers such as Hines, Transwestern, DMJM, Rotett Studio, Cesar Pelli, Robert Stern, HOK, Gensler, Kirksey, Picard Chilton and Duda Paine. He was recognized as Artist Of The Year by the Houston AIA chapter in 2007. He grew up in Oklahoma City and has a degree in Marketing and Economics from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma and a degree in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Aker opened his own photography studio in 1978 and continues to operate it today as Aker Imaging Lab, recognized as one of the premier photographic and digital labs in Texas. In 2005, Joe began to exhibit his own fine art work. He has had two solo shows at the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston and a solo show of his landscape photography in Galveston at the Buchanan Gallery. He has recently been commissioned to produce a large sculptural photographic work for a new education building in the Woodlands and installed a large permanent artwork in the loby of the new Performing Arts Center at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. (Shown Above) His work has appeared in numerous museum group shows and in now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. He has lectured on photography worldwide.

Artist Statement:
Looking beyond the surface is important to my work. Is is easy to photograph what is just visible to the eye but I try to go further and explore the inner spirituality of the subject, be it people, places or things or even MYSELF. I look to isolate and focus on the inner beauty and heart of muyself while showing the reality of the outside. It is this vision that I hope allows the viewer to feel the power of my work within them, be it happiness, sadness or fear. I am hoping that my images create feelings within the viewre and cause him to feel and think about what the image invokes in him.

My work, like my many interests, ranges from the landsacpe to the conceptual. I try to make each work show a different side of me and tell the viewer a little more about me and my workld. These works can be very serene or can be distrubing or even erotic because I am all of these things. I work to strip away the masks of my exterior and show the inner feelings and emotions that run my life past and present. I have no fear today to show the real Joe. Showing me to others enriches my life and I hope enriches their life also.

Bio: Joe Aker is an internationally recodnized architectural photographer and artist. His architectural work has appeared in all the major architectural magazines and he has photographed projects for major architects and developers such as Hines, Transwestern, DMJM, Rotett Studio, Cesar Pelli, Robert Stern, HOK, Gensler, Kirksey, Picard Chilton and Duda Paine. He was recognized as artist of the year by the Houston AIA chapter in 2007. He grew up in Oklahoma City and has a degree in Marketing and Economics from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma and a degree in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

He opened his own photography studion in 1978 and continues to operate it today as Aker Imaging. A major part of this operation is Aker Imaging Lab. Al Lab is recognized as on of the premier photographic and digital labs in Texas with many photographers and artists.

In 2005, Joe began to exhibit his own fine art work. He has had two solo shows at the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston and a solo show of his landscape photography in Galveston at the Buchanan Gallery. He has recently been commissioned to produce a large sculptural photographic work for a new education building in the Woodlands and installed a large permanent artwork in the loby of the new Performing Arts Center at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. His work has appeared in numerous museum group shows and in now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. He has lectured on photography worldwide.


Copyright © 2006-2013 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.