September 9 – November 6, 2004
Opening reception, Thursday, September 9, 7-9pm

Stephen Cohen Gallery, Inc.
7358 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90036
Contact: Shelley de Soto Tel, 323.937.5525, Fax, 323.937.5523
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Tracey Snelling, “Town” , 2003, mixed media sculpture.
Copyright the artist, courtesy of the Stephen Cohen Gallery

“Driving down the street at night, I look at the lit windows of the houses that I pass, and I wonder who lives there. What is going on right at this moment behind that curtain or drawn shade? An old motel along the side of the highway sits broken and abandoned. I want to know the stories of the people who stayed there, the history of the people who owned it, and why it is no longer inhabited. Better than sifting through true stories for an interesting one, I prefer to make up profiles of the inhabitants by leaving subtle clues that can be interpreted in many ways.” – Tracey Snelling

Tracey Snelling: Last Picture Show, a new exhibition to be held at the Stephen Cohen Gallery September 9 – November 6, will highlight the innovative techniques of this celebrated Oakland-based photographer and master artist of illusion. The show, which will commence with an opening reception on September 9th from 7 – 9PM, will feature elaborately detailed sculptures and the captivating photographs of them which promise to reach into the minds and stretch the imagination of art enthusiasts and novices alike.

Influenced by film, landscape, books, and architecture, Snelling’s work references both popular culture and history. A photograph of an actual building can lead to a sculpture of that building which, in turn, is photographed once again. The scale of her work continually grows and shrinks, mutating and distorting each time. The psychological aspects of shelter, home, doors and windows allow her to explore many subjects on another level.

The structures are made from various materials, including wood, appropriated images, luminescent wire, small lights, and metal. Some contain sound, water, or motors for movement. The structures are photographed with a large format camera; the insides of the rooms are sometimes lit with flashlights and are then blended into the outside environment using similar camera techniques to those utilized in old films, such as “The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”. Scale is played with by printing the images large. A small scale object, such as a beer bottle, can end up being normal scale in the photograph. Soundtracks and video are sometimes incorporated, using both original and found footage.

Her photographs are featured in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, California, the Microsoft Collection in Redmond, Washington and the Progressive Collection in Cleveland, Ohio.

A catalog produced by the Stephen Cohen Gallery will be available for purchase at the gallery on opening night and throughout the length of the show.


Graciela Sacco, “Portrait no. 1”, 2001, heliography printed on plastic Venetian blind.
Copyright the artist, courtesy of the Stephen Cohen Gallery

In conjunction with Tracey Snelling: Last Picture Show in the main gallery, Graciela Sacco: Outside will be on display in the viewing room at the Stephen Cohen Gallery September 9 – November 6. The exhibition, which will kick-off with an opening reception at the Gallery on Thursday, September 9 from 7 – 9PM, will showcase the strong socio-political photographic images created by this provocative artist.

Photographer, video and installation artist Graciela Sacco produces images which serve as metaphors for some of the most acute problems of contemporary society - famine, homelessness, authoritarianism, poor education and crime. She creates her work using an early photographic process called heliography, the chemical action of light on emulsified photosensitive surfaces which is commonly used in the development of architectural blue prints. Through her own investigations, Sacco has developed an anti-orthodox method of producing a heliographic image, transferring her original or appropriated photographic images onto a wide range of supports: from paper and canvas to rubber, leather, wood, glass, stone, cardboard, plastic and metal.

Sacco’s images can be seen in the public Collections of the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Stephen Cohen Gallery is located at 7358 Beverly Boulevard and is open Tuesday – Saturday, from 11a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

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