LOS ANGELES, CA Abstract Vision Female Perspective is a new photo exhibition featuring the works of 7 Los Angeles women photographers. The shows opening reception is on Friday, February 11, 2011 and runs through March 6, 2011 at Urban Sanctuary Gallery, a community art space involved in leading the current artistic renaissance in Boyle Heights.
“Abstract” the show’s theme, is an attempt to free the photographer of current working day assignments without the restrictions or pressure of creating images for profit. On display will be works from artists Bekka Melino, Carrie Camacho, Grace Oh, Janine Lim, Kerry Sawyers, Kyla Wright and Rosalinda Kooyman. Each of the featured photographers brings something unique to the table. Directly influenced by their diverse backgrounds and multi-career choices, their common denominators include a camera and their love for Los Angeles.
Curating the show is artivist Azul 213, who by day juggles a dual career in broadcast network television and as a freelance photographer and by night a familiar face over the last thirteen years hosting and dj’ing some of Los Angeles’ most popular night spots. Azul had his first hand of curating while co-owner of UponShop Record Store in Silverlake hosting shows to show off his art peers Mear, Doug Murphy “Plastic God”, Frohawk Two Feathers, Hotchkiss, Augustine “Kofie”, and Jim Mahfood. Since then the focus on his own visual art path has taken him in many art directions.
This show is the first in a three part series of shows curated by Azul. In March, the incredible work by Mochilla capturing the Zapatistas March on Mexico City ten years ago will be displayed. The third installment of this series in April will feature the work of Azul’s mentor, renowned cinematographer, Johnny Simmons, who despite his busy film career continues to take still photographs and inventive portraits today.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Photography is only one of the many ways in which Bekka Melino expresses herself. As a child she did so in the medium available to her, her clothes and hairstyles. High school introduced her to world of photography, and her early shots showed her talent for composing photographs worthy of design magazines, melding abstractions of lines and texture.
College provided new opportunities in creative expression, including welding, constructing furniture out of all sorts of materials (corrugated cardboard, steel, wood), sewing and painting.
Travels in Europe, India, Central and South America, Turkey, across the United States and in Hawaii, plus an extensive trip to Asia gave birth to exotic scenes and portraits of the world through Bekka’s mind and lenses. Professionally, she has pursued a creative career in the music, commercial and film industries. At present she is a Production Designer on a cable television series. http://bekkamelino.com/
I’m Carrie Camacho and I’m a Los Angeles based lifestyle photographer. For me photography is much more than taking a great shot or capturing a moment, it’s about telling a story. A story can be full of hopes and dreams, pleasure and pain; it’s my job to encapsulate everything so that you can feel it in your soul.
An artist since childhood, Grace has practiced her art of expression in various different mediums. She was greatly inspired and challenged in the perspective the camera lent when she picked it up in her early twenties. She realized photographs allows a different form of communication. With a naïve sensibility and excitement for this new world expression. Grace became enveloped by the infinite possibilities of capturing light and subject matter. Self-taught and mentored by artists ranging from photographers, painters, musicians, yogi’s, and sculptors, Grace has found a voice and rhythm with her growth as woman, artist, and spiritualist using the lens as a way to communicate a journey. With her perspective of a young woman’s reflection of budding into womanhood in her first black and white nude project ‘Naked’ was a collection that was exhibited in a group show called “Not only Black and White.” ( 2004) Taking time to journey a broad and within herself, Grace had grown interest in portraiture and landscapes till she took to the nude form once again. Her project ‘Humanature’ was inspired to merge the synchronicities of the human form and nature. She wanted to share a piece of silence as a reminder of the gentleness of human and nature as one. Grace began this project in 2006 in Taos, N.M. and photographed most of her project in the open landscapes of various parts of California. Grace’s most present endeavors include photographing local upcoming and established musicians and artists. She is also developing her filming skills and becoming more integrated with commercial work. http://www.graceoh.net/
Words by Janine Lim // Janine Lim is a mother, photographer, filmmaker, writer, performance artist, spiritual alchemist, and student of Capoeira Angola. Her work is based on applying an alchemical process to traumatic life experiences. Through her work, she hopes to break generational cycles of violence and self-destruction, particularly against women.
Move Me Photography is made of the visual captures seen through the eyes of Kerry Sawyers. Anything and everything moving and meant to inspire or that is just intriguing caught through the lens.
“Everything in our direct environment is inspiring, these are just the things that MOVE ME” -Kerry Sawyers
Kyla Wright is the creator of a notorious click called BLACKNBLING. This click has stolen the faces and emotions of thousands, and captured historical moments like no one else can do. The click comes from a camera, and it is through visual imagery that got BLACKNBLING its start. BLACKNBLING is an imaging house, photographing musicians and party people around Los Angeles with the intent of encapsulating a renaissance era in the art and music community. Through BLACKNBLING, Kyla Wright has one main purpose, and that is to work as historians for the generation, creating a platform for artistic expression, creating a place to perpetuate and manifest dreams of creativity.
Rosalinda Kooyman aka “DesertFlower”/”Rosalinda Paz”
A gardener by day (Los Angeles Unified School District teacher for 8 years and currently teacher of 1st grade blossoming seedlings), she is a cusp-y Aquarius /Pisces and peace activist. She likes to take pictures because she feels that the moments last longer. Her words of action are: silence, breathe, look, serve, listen, read, learn, create, meditate, love, and evolve.
She is of Mexican and Dutch parents, and grew up in America. She was born in the land of metal daisies and location of the Coachella music festival, Indio, California, hence aka Desertflower. Rosalinda moved away from California as a young kid and grew up all over Texas, predominantly Dallas. In mid -1998 she moved back to California and attended San Diego State University. She is the first in her family to earn her college degree. After she graduated, she moved to Los Angeles and received her teaching credential and began teaching for Los Angeles Unified School District. She recently received her Masters in Education.
Rosalinda has been taking photos since 1994. She considers herself an “Ethnographer” with a camera. Her intentions when photographing includes shooting from her heart and soul, with no true artistic goal, but merely to later share the beauty and wonderment of what unfolds before her on her journey through life.
Opening Night Soundscapes by:
Born in London of Persian decent, L.A.-based DJ Shiva made her move stateside as a youth, settling first in Florida and then in Los Angeles in 2003. Forever the humble hustler, DJ Shiva casts a strong signal around Southern California and the world at large: her live sets are heard twice monthly on Sirius satellite radio, her mixtapes are featured monthly on HipHopDX.com (her first effort was top-rated by users), she has just returned from performing this summer in Germany, and most recently DJ’d for a Playboy TV broadcast alongside Jesse McCartney. A lover of all music, DJ Shiva is particularly keen on bringing the best out of 60’s soul and 70’s funk; 80’s dance and 90’s hip hop and RnB; native reggae and dub rhythms; and recently she’s been revisiting her roots in electronica music and global grooves.