Shadow Details: A closer look at the exhibition "In Praise of Shadows"

16 January - 7 February 2021

Marshall Contemporary opens our new gallery space in Venice Beach with the debut group show In Praise of Shadows. The exhibition intends to provide a synopsis of the gallery’s aesthetic interests and planned programming for the year ahead. The exhibition features 23 works from ten artists working across the West Coast and Europe.

 

The gallery is now open to the public at 1350 Abbot Kinney with this debut exhibition on view through February 7th.

 

Gallery Hours

Weds - Sat, 11am - 6pm

Sun, 12pm - 4pm

 

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310-413-3987

 

Private in-person or FaceTime appointments are available.

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    The exhibition takes its name from Jun-ichirō Tanizaki's celebrated 1930s essay which espoused subtlety, impermanence, and craftsmanship in Japanese aesthetics through the symbolism of shadows. Over the past two years of preparing to launch this program, I began to notice its presence on many of the artists' bookshelves along with its concepts reflected in the work I'm drawn to exhibit. "We do not dislike everything that shines, but we do prefer a pensive luster to a shallow brilliance." I had always envisioned a group show with the text as a metaphorical framework, so I'm pleased to see it finally come together to launch this new endeavor. 

     

    Although it's an exceedingly difficult time in our culture, I intend to use this gallery space to share the work of artists who are each pushing the creative envelope from a photographic foundation in hopes of connecting an intellectually curious community. From geometric abstraction to contemporary landscape, alternative process to digital art, 3D experiments and multimedia installations, the whole idea started as way to try and create something new within the photo/art community of Southern California. To make exhibitions that inspire dialogue about photography's ever-evolving place in contemporary art and its role in shaping our collective memory.

     

    Thanks for looking.  - DM

     


     

  • Oddities & Anomalies, Works by John Brinton Hogan & Giacomo Brunelli

    Oddities & Anomalies

    Works by John Brinton Hogan & Giacomo Brunelli

    One artist I’m excited to work with in 2021 is San Diego-based John Brinton Hogan. A need to physically engage in the medium led to his sci-fi inspired series Visual Aphasia, a blend of photography, digital art and painting that questions man’s relationship to the land through wonderfully weird and tactile works. A solo exhibition of his terrestrial series is planned for May 2021.

     

    Beyond conjuring an unmistakably noir atmosphere, Giacomo Brunelli’s photographs expose gritty fragments of an ambiguous narrative at exactly 1/500th of a second. From his widely published portfolio The Animals, Giacomo’s “angry dog” is one that, like many of his photographs, triggers a fight or flight response. It consumes your attention due to Giacomo’s brave approach to his subjects and equally bold printing style. I think of Moriyama and Koudelka. Not so much of Erwitt. And I think it’s one of the great street photographs in recent history.

  • John Brinton Hogan

    From the series "Visual Aphasia"
  • Giacomo Brunelli

    From "Eternal London" & "The Animals"
    • Giacomo Brunelli, Man, Regent St., 2016
      Giacomo Brunelli, Man, Regent St., 2016
      $ 1,800.00
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    • Giacomo Brunelli, Dog, 2006
      Giacomo Brunelli, Dog, 2006
      $ 3,000.00
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    • Giacomo Brunelli, Mannequin, 2004
      Giacomo Brunelli, Mannequin, 2004
      $ 2,000.00
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    • Giacomo Brunelli, Man, Mayfair Arcade, 2016
      Giacomo Brunelli, Man, Mayfair Arcade, 2016
      $ 1,800.00
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  • Linear Expansions, Work from scott b. davis, Fabiola Menchelli and Judith Stenneken

    Linear Expansions

    Work from scott b. davis, Fabiola Menchelli and Judith Stenneken

    (From L to R)

     

    scott b. davis, ocotillo, arizona upland, 2013

    A pair of perception-testing works by San Diego-based artist scott b. davis includes a large-format diptych from his series “ocotillo, ocotillo”, a supreme example of his unique platinum palladium explorations. A powerfully simple work ("phases of the sun and moon, 2017-2018)  from the series “half blind” symbolizes the extreme contrasts of light and seemingly infinite space experienced in the desert landscape. Through unique pairings of in-camera paper negatives and platinum/palladium prints the artist chooses to “favor abstraction over representation.” 

     

    Fabiola Menchelli, Wall Drawing II, 2015

    Fabiola Menchelli’s series ‘Wall Drawings’ uses a rule-based method to project repeating patterns on concrete walls forming new geometric abstractions. Architecture and construction are familial motifs that reoccur throughout much of her work, creatively reinterpreted through actions of multiplicity and layering. Menchelli's architectonic cyanotypes will be the focus of the gallery's March 2021 solo exhibition. 

     

    Judith Stenneken, Untitled #41, 2009

    Stenneken's work from Illuminate Naturally in Darkness are diverse in subject matter but each engage feelings of disorientation and transition in our modern way of life. Untitled #41 is a uniquely brutalist abstraction made all the more textural in her finished prints. An exhibition of new work by the German artist is planned for Fall 2021. 

  • Judith Stenneken

    Works from "Illuminate Naturally in Darkness"
    • Judith Stenneken, Untitled #41, 2009
      Judith Stenneken, Untitled #41, 2009
      $ 4,000.00
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    • Judith Stenneken, Untitled #48 (Hotel), 2012
      Judith Stenneken, Untitled #48 (Hotel), 2012
      $ 7,500.00
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  • Fabiola Menchelli

    Work from the series "Wall Drawings"
    • Fabiola Menchelli, Wall Drawing No. II, 2015
      Fabiola Menchelli, Wall Drawing No. II, 2015
      $ 1,000.00
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  • scott b. davis

    Work from "half blind" and "ocotillo, ocotillo"
    • Scott b. davis, phases of the sun and moon, 2017-18
      Scott b. davis, phases of the sun and moon, 2017-18
      $ 6,500.00
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    • Scott b. davis, ocotillo, arizona upland, 2013
      Scott b. davis, ocotillo, arizona upland, 2013
      $ 11,000.00
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  • Waveforms, Work by Cody Cobb, Jakob de Boer, Jeffrey Conley and Nikolai Ishchuk

    Waveforms

    Work by Cody Cobb, Jakob de Boer, Jeffrey Conley and Nikolai Ishchuk

    (From L to R)

     

    Cody Cobb, West 7, 2017.

    Cobb's photographs remind us not only of the clarity of mind that arises from periods of extended solitude, but also that the most alien forms of landscape exist on our own home planet. Named one of PDN‘s 30 emerging photographers to watch in 2018, prints from Cobb's series Strange Land and Darkside are available from the gallery.

     

    Jakob de Boer, The Balance Rock, Haida Gwaii. Where Ravens Cry 24, 2017. 

    HIGaa K’aayhllnga, or Balance Rock, in Haida Gwaii, is a remnant of glacial retreat. There are some who refer to the Balance Rock as the center of spirituality. It has seen the history of Haida Gwaii-from a smallpox invasion that almost decimated the Haida Nation living there, to many who have tried to move the rock by hand, dynamite and horses. It still remains. 

     

    Jeffrey Conley, Figure & Black Sand Beach & Candescence, 2018.

    The classicaly trained landscape photographer has progressively pushed his vision into more minimal and sculptural studies of scale and reverence for nature. Conley's mastery of the platinum palladium printing process is evident in these two works whose inverted compositions interplay in the exhibition. 

     

    Nikolai Ishchuk, Threshold S13, 2019

    The focus of our next exhibition, Ishchuk's series of silver gelatin, photo-sculptural works from Thresholds test the boundaries of medium, image and materiality. This unique piece echoes the waveforms of many works in the series, as well as those of Jeffrey Conley's work neighboring it. 

    • Jeffrey Conley, Figure and Black Sands Beach, Iceland, 2018
      Jeffrey Conley, Figure and Black Sands Beach, Iceland, 2018
      $ 4,000.00
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    • Jeffrey Conley, Candescence, Iceland, 2018
      Jeffrey Conley, Candescence, Iceland, 2018
      $ 4,000.00
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    • Nikolai Ishchuk, Threshold (S13), 2019
      Nikolai Ishchuk, Threshold (S13), 2019
      $ 2,100.00
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    • Cody Cobb, West 7, 2017
      Cody Cobb, West 7, 2017
      $ 2,500.00
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    • Jakob De Boer, Balance Rock, Where Ravens Cry #24, 2016
      Jakob De Boer, Balance Rock, Where Ravens Cry #24, 2016
      $ 1,500.00
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    • Jakob De Boer, Sproat Lake, Where Ravens Cry #27, 2017
      Jakob De Boer, Sproat Lake, Where Ravens Cry #27, 2017
      $ 3,600.00
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  • Golden glass cyanotypes, New work by Albarrán Cabrera

    Golden glass cyanotypes

    New work by Albarrán Cabrera

    Developed during many months quarantined in their Barcelona studio, a new process using a hybrid of early print techniques by Albarrán Cabrera pays homage to the goldtones of Edward S. Curtis and the inventive blueprints of John Herschel.

    The artists describe this new method as an expansion of their "photography syntax" illustrating our relationship to the medium as "a running battle between vision and technology." The new glass plates contain incredible image detail with contrasting hues of deep indigo shadows and amber highlights.

  • Albarrán Cabrera

    Works from The Mouth of Krishna & Kairos
    • Albarrán Cabrera, The Mouth of Krishna #994, 2020
      Albarrán Cabrera, The Mouth of Krishna #994, 2020
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    • Albarrán Cabrera, The Mouth of Krishna #995, 2020
      Albarrán Cabrera, The Mouth of Krishna #995, 2020
      $ 3,000.00
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    • Albarrán Cabrera, The Mouth of Krishna, #512, 2016
      Albarrán Cabrera, The Mouth of Krishna, #512, 2016
      $ 2,900.00
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    • Albarrán Cabrera, Kairos #64050, 2019
      Albarrán Cabrera, Kairos #64050, 2019
      $ 7,500.00
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  • in praise of shadows On view through February 7, 2021 Marshall Contemporary 1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 info@marshallcontemporary.com...

    in praise of shadows

    On view through February 7, 2021

     

    Marshall Contemporary

    1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

    Venice, CA 90291

     

    info@marshallcontemporary.com

    310-413-3987

     

    Private in-person or FaceTime appointments are available.

    Click here to make an appointment to visit the gallery.