FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Black Maria Gallery explores the world of fine art stereography
January 19 February 16, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday 19th January, 7:00 10:30pm
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, CA 90039
Contact, Zara Zeitountsian
Web site, http://www.blackmariagallery.com
Hours, Tuesday Saturday, 12-6pm; and by appointment
Artists: Heather Lowe, Abe Fagenson, Perry Hoberman, Claudia Kunin, Franklin Londin, Larry Ferguson, Boris Starosta, Terry Wilson, Levon Parian and Ray Zone.
Black Maria Gallery inaugurates 2008 with a January show of eight artists working in three-dimensional media. Curated by 3D artist and writer Ray Zone, the Discover 3D exhibition features a wide-ranging array of stereoscopic images viewed with many different techniques. Among the unique 3D formats presented are View-Master, large-scale wall mounted stereographs and anaglyphs as well as classic formats from visual history that use the conventional stereoscope.
Several of the artists create work so that the stereo viewing device becomes an art object in itself, a wall-mounted or freestanding sculpture through which the 3D image is perceived. Other works make a “site-specific” use of the Black Maria Gallery environment to create a stereographic viewing zone. Virtual reality is also suggested by the creation of images that appear to inhabit the gallery space.
Stereoscopic paintings are very rare in the world of fine art. Though notable artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Magritte and Oskar Fischinger have created work in the genre, stereographic painting remains difficult to accomplish and is rarely done. With the side-by-side stereo paintings of Heather Lowe and Abe Fagenson left and right-eye images are painted on a single canvas. Heather Lowe’s poised stereographic figuration explores the boundary between solid abstraction and representation. Abe Fagenson’s luminous geometric abstractions produce a striking effect of volume. The work of Lowe and Fagenson is designed to be viewed with a visual technique called “cross-eye” freevision, in which gallery patrons view the work in 3D without the use of a viewing aid.
Anaglyphic images, viewed with red and blue glasses, occupy a unique place in the exhibit with the work of Perry Hoberman and Claudia Kunin. Hoberman is installing a site-specific viewing space in the window of Black Maria to be viewed with anaglyph glasses. A pedestal display by Hoberman also reveals uncanny virtual images called “phantograms” that appear to be standing up on the pedestal when viewed from the proper angle. Claudia Kunin builds remarkable 3D images combining photography, digital techniques and stereo conversion of flat images with her “Holy Ghost” series of images. These remarkable award-winning images bring mythological themes to life in a startling manner. Viewed with anaglyph glasses Kunin’s images teem with life in visual space.
The “Stereo Medusa” of Franklin Londin has been enchanting adults and children alike in a variety of exhibition venues in the United States for several years. The Stereo Medusa is an interactive art object in itself. With an array of internally illuminated stereo viewers at the end of flexible gooseneck extensions, the Medusa is manipulated to accommodate 3D viewing at nearly any height. Londin’s virtuosic stereo photos and digital 3D images inhabit each of the extensions.
Virtuoso stereo photography is on view with the work of Terry Wilson, Larry Ferguson and Boris Starosta. Terry Wilson is a prolific 3D artist whose stereoview cards on view demonstrate her technique of bringing imagery through the “stereo window” out into the viewer space. Larry Ferguson’s work juxtaposes 2D and 3D with a richly observed update on a classic stereoview card theme “How Biddy served the tomatoes undressed.” As a visual sidebar to Ferguson’s image, the classic stereo card is on view. Boris Starosta shares an enigmatic picture in his wall-mounted stereo sculpture that exemplifies the transformative nature of seeing an image in 3D.
A large format stereo photo by Levon Parian presents an enigmatic example from his series on the images and roles of women in the world today. Parian’s work demonstrates the possibilities for large format exhibition of stereography.
“It’s exciting to present such a diverse array of stereoscopic images and formats,” observes Zone. “3D imaging is a technique with potential for many fine art applications. The Discover 3D show is a great demonstration of artistic possibilities and just how many unique ways there are to look at three-dimensional images.”