ACME. is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new black and white photographs by Amir Zaki. The exhibition will feature two series of photographs: trees that are isolated against an open sky and cropped so there is no ground, and steep cliff sides as seen from the beach along the Southern California coast. All of the photographs are printed with a warm tonality, and vary in size depending on the specific image. The photos are presented in white frames without Plexiglas, revealing the matte surface of the image without any reflections. Both series of photographs capture the beautiful natural imperfections found in the coastal landscape.
In one series, Zaki photographs individual trees that seem to be abused by the natural elements or mankind. He often selects the trees based on their irregular and eccentric forms. Each photograph becomes an intimate portrait, revealing unexpected beauty. In contrast to the singularity of the trees, the second body of work depicts Southern California beach cliff sides. Monumentally scaled retaining walls and fragile zigzagging stairwells that lead to private residences populate the rugged coastal landscape. Through time, both the natural and manmade elements evolve together and become subtly blended. Zaki photographs the beach scenes in the late morning when the coastal fog is burning off creating a visually haunting atmosphere.
Amir Zaki lives and works in Southern California. He received his MFA from UCLA in 1999 and has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since graduating. He is an associate professor at University of California at Riverside. Zaki has been included in many group exhibitions including the Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.