Socrates Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the presentation of Untitled (Stump Fire #4) by artist Catherine Opie. Opie's image, 11' x 28', will be on view at Socrates Sculpture Park from September 9, 2012 to March 31, 2013, and is the newest installment of the Park's ongoing Broadway Billboard series.
For Socrates Sculpture Park's Broadway Billboard, Opie has created a mise-en-scene of epic scope, drama, and mystery. Nature and artiface, light and darkness are just some of the contradictory elements of Opie's image that create an ominous tableau for us to contemplate. Neither a warm hearth, nor a regenerative forest fire, we discover it is liquid, not wood, ablaze. The log stumps in the foreground are Opie's own handmade clay sculptures, which further heightens our imaginings and the possibility of nature run amok. What is clear, however, is that all is not well within our environment or psyche. Untitled (Stump Fire #4) is from a series of new work and will be part of an exhibition at Regan Projects, Los Angeles in 2013.
About the Artist
Catherine Opie is one of the great photographers of this generation and documentarian of our American landscape and people. A graduate of CalArts, she currently teaches in the studio program at the University of California at Los Angeles. Select solo exhibitions include Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2010), Catherine Opie: American Photographer at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2009), Catherine Opie: Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2006). Opie was a 2009 recipient of the President's Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Women's Caucus for Art and was awarded a United States Artist Fellowship in 2006.
For more information about this exhibition, please visit www.socratesculpturepark.org