The Department of Art at California State University, Long Beach presents an exhibition featuring their core photography faculty. The exhibition highlights a variety of approaches to the medium, reflecting the multifaceted nature of contemporary photography. The featured faculty artists are Todd Gray, Kyle Riedel, Mark Ruwedel and Rebecca Sittler.
Located at 301 Pine Street in downtown Long Beach, the exhibition runs from March 22nd through April 13th, 2008 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 22nd from 5-8 pm. Gallery hours are
Wednesday - Sunday from 12-8 p.m.
About the Work:
Todd Gray’s provocative photo-sculptures titled California Missions feature taxidermied animals colliding into large photographic images of the terrain and remains of Junipero Serra’s legendary legacy. These works are conceived from Gray’s continuing research into the world’s history of colonization and the ongoing socio-political implications for California and beyond.
Inspired by a samurai film, Zatoichi (the blind swordsman) Meets the One-Armed Swordsman, Kyle
Riedel’s work examines the landscape as a container of cultural myths, conflicts and anxiety. Idealized, fabricated, real and within the modern tradition of film (samurai and westerns in particular) Riedel’s images are complicated by the interchange of western and eastern ideas.
Mark Ruwedel’s work addresses the collision of promise and reality in the American desert and is
essentially tragic in tone. The evidence that the images present describes the fragility of human
endeavor in this landscape and suggests the stories of anonymous individuals and their desire to make a home “in the wilderness”, however transitory. (“Just because you wander in the desert, it does not mean there is a promised land” – Paul Auster).
Rebecca Sittler’s work combines elements of performance and photographic narratives, but through
visual sensibilities drawn from the history of still life painting. Influenced by the beauty of manufactured foods, the resulting images engage contrasts between insignificance and monumentality, humor and seriousness, surface and depth.
Exhibition sponsors include: CSULB President F. King Alexander, CSULB Provost Karen Gould,
Williams & Dame Development, Mount Auburn Partners, CSULB College of the Arts, CSULB
Department of Art, and LA County Supervisor Don Knabe. Parking is available nearby at the City Place shopping center.