Los Angeles Opening, 8.14
SPOT Photo Works announces its August 2, 2014 opening in the landmark architectural buildings known as “Crossroads of the World” at 6679 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. SPOT, a contemporary photography gallery, will present the work of artists whose images reference nature and development, notions of home and family, social change and identity – in other words, life and the human experience.
In its inaugural exhibition, Spot Photo Works is pleased to present “Concentrate To The Quiet,” new photographs by artist Dennis DeHart. An opening reception will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the exhibition continuing through September 16, 2014.
Compelled by the connections, conflicts, and intersections of the natural and cultural worlds, Dennis DeHart’s work weaves together stylistic observation with a personal voice. Experiencing place though participation is an important conceptual component as DeHart states: “My main concern is in expressing interconnections; that what we do in our own backyard has a broader affect on the larger world we live in.”
“Concentrate to the Quiet” is composed of color portraits, landscapes and still lives taken while Dennis DeHart was an artist-in-residence at the Backlight Photography Festival held at Voipaala Art Center in Finland. The work includes temporal sculptures and found objects expressed as photographs. “In Finland, everyone may walk, ski or cycle freely in the countryside where this does not harm the natural environment or the landowner. I spent a good portion of my time in Voipaala and environs roaming and photographing in the countryside.” The resulting photographs are informed by Scandinavia/Nordic aesthetics including light, design, quality of craft, and simplicity.
Dennis DeHart (b. 1970, Hood River, OR) is an artist and Associate Professor of Photography at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. He previously served as an Assistant Professor of Photography at State University of New York College at Buffalo. DeHart received an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 2002. He was awarded grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Dennis DeHart’s photographs are included in private and public collections including the Getty Archives in Los Angeles, The City of Phoenix, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Most recently DeHart lectured at the University of Nantes in France and exhibited his photographs in a solo exhibition at the Pingyao International Photo Festival in China. This is his first Los Angeles exhibition.
SPOT Photo Works is a partnership between Kathleen Clark and Russell Adams. SPOT’s Director Kathleen Clark, has mounted exhibitions at a variety of locations including Clark|Oshin Gallery, Leica Gallery Los Angeles and Month of Photography LA, exhibiting such artists at Dan Winters, Jill Greenberg, Hugh Kretschmer, Marjorie Salvaterra, David Strick, Fredrik Broden and Gregg Segal. She was the longtime Photo Director at Los Angeles magazine and LA Weekly and was Publicist for the NW Film Center at the Portland Art Museum. She has an MFA from UC Irvine, and her personal and collaborative work showed extensively throughout the West Coast in the 1980s-90s.
Russell Adams has owned and operated Schulman Photo Lab (located next door to SPOT) since 1991. The boutique analog darkroom and digital lab specializes in fine art exhibition printing as well as printing and drum scanning for photographic book projects. Clients for Russell Adams’ master photographic printing include a range of established and emerging fine art photographers, cinematographers and publishers. Adams studied Art at Tulane University.
Spot Photo Works location at Crossroads of the World follows a long and storied tradition of the complex housing creative businesses and artists from a variety of disciplines. Designed by architect Robert V. Derrah and built in 1936, Crossroads of the World was initially opened as America’s first outdoor shopping mall. Derrah’s unusual design features a central streamline moderne building resembling a cruise ship at dock between buildings reflecting an array of international village themes: Spanish, Moroccan, English Cottage. The quirky and intimate design drew an extensive clientele of tenants for Crossroads’ office space including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Beatrice Wood, Alfred Hitchcock, Tim Burton and Taschen Books, while numerous musicians recorded or rehearsed at the complex including Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, Melissa Etheridge, Fleetwood Mac, Gladys Knight, BB King, and Aretha Franklin. In short, a visit to Spot Photo Works, is also an opportunity to view one of Los Angeles and Hollywood’s architectural gems.