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20120130043625-veteran_013
In America Now: Veteran, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 44.5" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Transitioning Work Force, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 49" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Student, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 41" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Service Sector Employee, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 34" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Protester, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 29" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Preacher, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 45.5" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Politician, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 46.5" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Mother and Child, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 39" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Fanatic, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 35" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Consumer 2, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 45" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Consumer 1, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 45" © © Larry Lytle
20120130035547-citizen
In America Now: Citizen, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 35" © © Larry Lytle
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In America Now: Celebrity/Brand, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 33" © © Larry Lytle
20120130034859-businessman
In America Now: Businessman, 2012 Inkjet on Vinyl 84" X 44" © © Larry Lytle
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Simple Answers for Life's Complicated Questions, 2011 Mixed Media With Photography 18" X 18" X 68" © 2011
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Simple Answers..., Detail #1, 2011 Mixed Media With Photography 18" X 18" X 68" © 2011
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Simple Answers..., Detail #2, 2011 Mixed Media With Photography 18" X 18" X 68" © 2011
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Simple Answers..., Detail #3, 2011 Mixed Media With Photography 18" X 18" X 68" © 2011
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Simple Answers..., Detail #4 , 2011 Mixed Media With Photography 18" X 18" X 68" © 2011
20110917212450-coming_soon_web
...coming soon!, 2011 Archival Inkjet Print 30" X 20"
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A case study for what drives our self-destructive tendencies, 2010 Mixed With Photography 9'h X 3'd X 4'w © 2010
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A case study..., side edge detail, 2010 Mixed With Photography 9'h X 3'd X 4'w © 2010
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A case study..., Detail 1, 2010 Mixed With Photography 9'h X 3'd X 4'w © 2010
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A case study..., Detail 2, 2010 Mixed With Photography 9'h X 3'd X 4'w © 2010
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A case study..., Detail 3, 2010 Mixed With Photography 9'h X 3'd X 4'w
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American Obsessions #0001, 2009 Pigment on Vinyl 24" X 24" © © Larry Lytle
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American Obsessions #0004, 2009 Pigment on Vinyl 24" X 24" © © Larry Lytle
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American Obsessions #0052, 2009 Pigment Print 24" X 24" © © Larry Lytle
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American Obsessions #0058, 2009 Pigment on Vinyl 24" X 24" © © Larry Lytle
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American Obsessions #0059, 2009 Pigment on Vinyl 24" X 24" © © Larry Lytle
Faith_hope_love
Faith, Hope, Love, 2009 Light Jet Print 1/10 19.5" X 39"
I_am_a_murderer
I am a murderer…, 2007 Pigment Print 12" X 18" © © Larry Lytle
I_am_not_gay
I am not gay…, 2007 Pigment Print 12" X 18" © © Larry Lytle
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I am not old…, 2007 Pigment Print 12" X 18" © © Larry Lytle
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I am scared…, 2007 Pigment Print 12" X 18" © © Larry Lytle
Quick Facts
Tags
photography, digital, conceptual
Statement

My artwork has always been photographic and narrative in nature. Previous to this group of work shown here, between 1980 and 1999, I constructed scenarios using settings, props and people. My interest was always to tell our stories, how we interact and what is important to us. I have always felt that photography is a wonderful medium to explore these ideas.


Ten years ago I began photographing for a company that made articulated action figures. I realized their potential, being able to use them in ways that would seem too strange if people where involved. I also wanted to explore how these dolls, and figures with all there accouterments helped train us from childhood to interact with each other, to shape our expectations of an adult life, and to want for more. I try to approach these subjects not to judge but to point out what might be.


In the exhibition on this site you will see a series titled Monologues. Each face seemed to have a story, so written over them are their private thoughts in words. Another series is titled Taxonomy. Each face is such an analog of our own. I made the faces life size, and placed them in grids that explore various societal relationships. The another group is titled People Like Us. In this series I explore body language. The last series is titled Diorama. I built sets using common themes of political and social dynamics to, once again, tell stories of the human condition. The series that begins this site is titled American Obsessions. In this I pose the question of toys' roll in helping to developing our mass consumer society. Do the obsessions rise because of the toys we played with or are the toys create as a reaction to preexisting desires?


I do not alter the figures. Everything is as it was out of the package. The only altered/constructed figure is the death figure used in the Diorama series. I use Photoshop only to dodge, burn, remove dust and particles, and fix some of the paint missed in spots on faces. Everything is shot in one go.


Most of the bodies of work are shown complete, except for American Obsessions which consists of 60 pieces. There are other series not shown here but are on my web site.

 


BORN

Glendale, CA

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge

1984 MA  Art – 3D

1976 BA Speech Communication

1976 BA Political Science

AWARDS

1998 Keyart Awards, Theatrical Poster, Psycho

Client: Intralink/Universal Pictures

1997 Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA

3rd Place

1995 Society for Contemporary Photography

Merit Award, Purchase Award

REVIEWS

Art Review: 'Chain Letter' at Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Los Angeles Times Blog, Uncredited, August 4, 2011

The Very Good and Irresistibly Kitschy, December 11, 2007

Art Talk With Edward Goldman, KCRW

VC Reporter, California Thinkin’ by Matthew Singer, December 20, 2007

COLLECTIONS

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

MOMA, New York, NY

Various Private Collections

PUBLISHED WORKS

 William Mortensen and George Dunham, Artist Rebels

The Laguna Beach Independent, Vol. 5, Issue 37, pages B6-B7.

Los Angeles Neon, Nathan Marsak & Nigel Cox

Schiffer Books, 2002, Contributing Photographer

Original Sources: Art and Archives at the Center for Creative Photography,

Edited by Amy Rule, (Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson), June, 2002.

The Archive 33 William Mortensen; A Revival,

Michael Dawson, Diane Dillon, A. D. Coleman, Larry Lytle, Amy Rule, 

(Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson), 1998.

ON-LINE PUBLICATIONS 

The Command to Look; The Story of William Mortensen Part 1, 2 & 3, Larry Lytle,

(TheScreamOnline Internet e-Journal of Fiction, Art, Photography, and Essays., http://www.thescreamonline.com), August, 2001, June, 2001 & April, 2002.

“Where Do We Come From…,” “Light and Photography,” “Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction,

3 essays by Larry Lytle, (TheScreamOnline Internet e-Journal of Fiction, Art,

Photography, and Essays., http://www.thescreamonline.com), January, 2002.

FACULTY

California State University, Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

Part-time Art Faculty, 2003 to present

Otis Evening College of Art and Design, Goldsmith Campus, Westchester, CA

Instructor of Photography, 2000 to 2005

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010

American Obsessions

CSUCI Exhibitions Gallery, Camarillo, CA

February 25 – April 16, 2010

2009

American Obsessions

Handmade Galleries LA, Sherman Oaks, CA

August 1 – October 1, 2009

2009

Action

Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA

March 14 – May 2

2008

Tableau Vivant

New Image Gallery, James Madison University, VA

September 1 – October 17

2005

Tableau Vivant

Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

November 5 – December 2

SELECTED 2 & 3 PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2007

People Like Us

L2 Kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2000

Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO

1999

Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1985

LAPA Gallery, Venice, CA

1984

Azurite Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011

by and for: Democracy and Art

Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA

2011

Chain Letter

Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2010-11

New American Dream, Installation

Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

2010

CSUCI Art Faculty Exhibition

Camarillo, CA

2009

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH: An Unbound Book on the Subject of Death

The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY

2009

Beyond Toys

Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

2007/2008

Hang Onto Your Ego

CSUCI Exhibitions, Camarillo, CA

2007

Made In California

City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

2007

Connectivity: Across Time Across Earth

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Los Angeles, CA

2006

The Open Show

Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Juror: Ann Philbin, Director, Hammer Museum

2005

Made In California

City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

2004

In America Now

Don O’Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

2004

Envisioning The Future

Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA

2003

American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)

Harold’s Gallery at Insync Media, Inglewood, CA

1996

Exhibit #1

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995

Theatre of Light and Motion

City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA

1995

Current Works ’95

Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO

1995

Los Angeles Juried Exhibition

Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Watts Tower, Los Angeles, CA

1994

Current Works ’94

Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO

1993

APA Photo 5 Juried Exhibition, Locations around Los Angeles, CA

1991

California Artists’ Books Juried Exhibition

The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

1979

The Basement Regulars

Nexus Photo Gallery, Pasadena, CA