With a career spanning four decades, John Divola is as distinctive for his commitment to the photographic community as for his thought-provoking work. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, Divola entered the MFA program at the University of California Los Angeles. There, under the tutelage of Robert Heineken, the artist began to develop his own unique photographic practice, one that merges photography, painting, and conceptual art. Divola also teaches contemporary art at the University of California, Riverside, and writes about photography. As Far As I Could Get is the first solo museum presentation of Divola’s work.
The exhibition is a collaborative project led by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, with different components shown simultaneously at SBMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Pomona College Museum of Art beginning in October through December 2013. LACMA’s presentation includes Polaroids of sculpted objects, serial works comprised of appropriated continuity shots and stereographs, and conceptual landscapes in which the artist himself appears in a performative role.
This exhibition is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of a collaborative project led by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art with the participation of the Pomona College Museum of Art.