FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

J. Bennett Fitts, “Golf”
March 27 – April 24, 2004
Reception: Saturday, March 27, 6-8pm

Paul Kopeikin Gallery
6150 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Ph 323.937.0765, Fax 323.937.5974
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J. Bennett Fitts “Arroyo Seco Driving Range #1”, C-Print, 2003, 30” x 40”

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Paul Kopeikin Gallery is proud to present “Golf,” the first solo exhibition of photographer J. Bennett Fitts. The exhibition runs March 27th through April 24th, 2004. A reception will take place on Saturday, March 27th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 6150 Wilshire Blvd., just west of Fairfax. For information call 323-937-0765.

In his photographs Fitts takes familiar, everyday environments and presents them in a manner that causes the viewer to see them in new and unexpected ways. Seen at night, the golf courses in this series become strange surreal landscapes, separated from their usual purpose. There is no human presence, only the evidence of human effort. In one photo a single flag is surrounded by hundreds of balls. In another, a brightly lit flag waves far away through the darkened distance. The contrast between the natural and the artificial, which is apparent in golf courses’ highly controlled landscaping, is further accentuated by the night lighting, which reveals parts of the course while leaving others hidden in darkness. Exaggerated nighttime shadows contrast with brightly colored greens and flags, further enhancing the surreal quality of the landscape. A sense of quiet waiting pervades these intriguing pictures.

Fitts, a recent graduate of Art Center College of Design, currently lives and works in Pasadena, California.



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