Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, What You Don't See (Is Better Yet)

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Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, What You Don't See (Is Better Yet)
Curated by: Justin Cole

533 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
February 23rd, 2008 - March 21st, 2008
Opening: February 23rd, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
Flexible, please email for appointment.


Five Thirty Three is proud to announce an inaugural exhibition in a new series focusing on contemporary art crafted by young and emerging artists.  The first exhibition of this series entitled, Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, What You Don’t See (Is Better Yet), introduces emerging and established artists who re-contextualize or critique the medium of photography.

Artists presenting work in the show are Allie Bogle, Joshua Callaghan, Justin Cole, Roya Falahi, Geoff Grace, Robert Greene, Richard Hager, Alex Klein, Gina Osterloh, Marco Rios and Brenna Youngblood.  All of the featured artists are presenting work that calls into question some avenue of the photographic process and aims to blend photography with other genres, so that photography acts as a catalyst for creating hybridized and boundary obscuring work.

Some examples of critique presented within the show are photography’s reproducibility, its ability to record a performance and extend the finest moment, how it might be used to create sculptures, or simply the process from shooting to printing.

The title of the exhibition comes from the names of two soul songs of the early 1970s: The Dramatics’, “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” and Ike and Tina’s retort, “What You Don’t See (Is Better Yet)” help to locate the show within an area of critique asking one to not only to take the works at face value, but also to question what might not be visually present, ideas, processes, etc…

The opening will also feature live performances by the bands Collapsible Mammals and Ojo at 9:30pm.