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Los Angeles

Craig Krull Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Pico Boulevard
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404

January 18th, 2014 - February 22nd, 2014
January 18th, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1250 South Broadway, Pico Boulevard, John HumbleJohn Humble, 1250 South Broadway, Pico Boulevard,
2013, archival pigment print, 30 x 40 in
© Courtesy of the Artist and Craig Krull Gallery
santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30

John Humble began photographing the “paradoxes and ironies of Los Angeles” in 1979. As a keen observer of this strange and extraordinary sprawl, he was one of eight photographers awarded a grant from the NEA to chronicle the city on its bicentennial. Then in 2007, the Getty Museum mounted a mid-career retrospective entitled: A Place in the Sun: Photographs by John Humble, accompanied by a major monograph. After 30 years of photographing L.A., Humble says that he “pinpointed one street that captures the chaotic results of unplanned growth… and a population that reflects waves of continuous mass migration.” Starting at two beachfront luxury hotels and ending at the old Coca-Cola bottling plant, Pico Boulevard passes through vibrant Japanese, Iranian, Jewish, Russian, African American, Latino and Korean towns or neighborhoods, becoming a linear microcosm of L.A.’s remarkable cultural diversity. In this series of photographs, all made along Pico Boulevard, Humble aims to avoid any stylistic affectations, presenting the viewer with empirical evidence. He suggests that his images are “reminiscent of geological cross-sections or archeological excavations with layers of disparate natural and man-made elements compressed – a sampling of a visual strata.”

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