Monday, May 20, 2013

J.Scott Smith / Lucas Reiner

Opening Reception Tuesday May 21, 6-8 PM JOE's Restaurant  1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard,Venice 90291

If you plan to stay on for dinner following the reception, please RSVP to Joe's here: Joe has arranged to offer a $45 per person dinner including a drink, taxes and tip.  

J. Scott Smith

Born in Baltimore in 1955, J. Scott Smith studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art before relocating to Santa Monica, where he has lived and worked since the late 1970s. In his early career, Smith concentrated exclusively on the rigorous discipline of architectural photography with commissions from Frank Gehry and other internationally acclaimed architects. 
The deliberative practice of creating architectural portraits with a large format view camera influenced his fine art photography, particularly the current series, 29 Palms. 

Smith’s photographs have shown in the United States and Europe, including exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Salon International de l'Architecture in Milan.

About the artwork in the show: "29 Palms"
29 Palms is a mirage of sorts, a photographic re-imagining of the original oasis of twenty-nine native palms around which the desert city of the same name developed. Washingtonia filifera, the Golden State’s only indigenous palm, is featured in this collection alongside a remarkable variety of geographic transplants that flourish in Southern California’s amenable climate. Captured with a large format view camera on 8 x 10” film and rendered in high-resolution 38 x 60” chromogenic prints, the 29 Palms series is both a typological study of individual palm trunks and a shimmering reflection of the region’s ethnically diverse human population.

Lucas Reiner 

Lucas Reiner was born in Los Angeles, California in 1960. 
He attended the Parsons School of Design and New School for Social Research in New York, the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and the Parsons School of Design and American College in Paris.

After his first solo exhibition of paintings at Bennett Roberts Fine Art, in Los Angeles, Art in America said Reiner’s works “resonate with emotion, poetry and gritty reportage.” Since 2001, the artist has focused on what he calls “portraiture” of the street-side trees in his native city, exploring the formal collision between organic growth and the sometimes harsh strictures of modern urban life. 

The artist’s most recent work has included a series of tree etchings titled, Stations of the Cross, part of a larger work commissioned by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. The etchings were completed for a limited edition printing by Clemens Buntig Editionen in 2012. 

Reiner’s work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in the Unites States, Mexico, South America and Europe.