Are You My Mother?
Angles Gallery is pleased to present, in Gallery 2, Judie Bamber: Are You My Mother?, an exhibition of new and recent works on paper. This is the artist's second solo exhibition with Angles Gallery, and her first in Los Angeles since 2006. The forthcoming exhibition will open with a public reception for the artist on Saturday, November 5 from 6-8 PM.
Bamber's conceptual concerns have evolved over time, from gender issues, often tinged with wit and irony, to intensely subtle meditations on time and place. Often beginning with a photographic reference, family snapshots have figured prominently for many years. Bamber takes the viewer on a journey through love and loss, memory and remembrance. Despite her fidelity to the snapshots, she uses her highly regarded technical virtuosity to challenge the veracity of the photographic medium. There is an air of Trompe l'Oeil that lends the articulation of the image a sensual, romantic feeling reminiscent of the Dutch masters.
Bamber has established her own unique artistic niche, between mechanical record and human mark, in order to explore the complexity of emotional connection and distance. It has been written that "the past and present swirl around each other" in the small portraits of the artist's mother. Each work is a depiction of a family snapshot of the artist's mother, taken by her father. The meticulous rendering of each image invokes a combination of intimacy and distance, putting memory in relation to photographic record. Through the layering of familial positions (mother as model, father as photographer, artist daughter between them) the intricacies of family dynamics are exposed, thereby raising questions about what desire and whose desire is being represented in these images. The narrative of love, loss, and longing is written in the retelling of a memory, once a fleeting moment, now, perversely, unveiled through a process requiring patience, unblinking attention, and time.
Judie Bamber's work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at venues including: Heiner Contemporary, Washington, DC; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio; the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, California; the Long Beach Museum of Art; the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles; Pasadena Museum of California Art; and Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has been the subject of numerous reviews in publications such as Artforum, Art in America, Art Issues, Art Papers, the Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice and The New York Times. Bamber earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California. Bamber lives and works in Los Angeles, California.