Photography of Janet Sternburg Opens at Skidmore Contemporary Art Next Week

A Breeze | Janet Sternburg

A Breeze | Janet Sternburg

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A solo photography exhibit that features the work of Janet Sternburg opens Oct. 24 at Skidmore Contemporary Art in Santa Monica, Calif. A true renaissance woman, Sternburg, who is actively involved in CalArts, both as educator and colleague of her husband, CalArts’ president, Steven D. Lavine,  is also a noted poet (Optic Nerve: Photopoems) memoirist (Phantom Limb) and author/editor (The Writer on Her Work, Vols. One and Two).

Sternburg is considered a pioneer in using disposable cameras–and more recently her iPhone–to create fine art images (and without Photoshop manipulation). Here’s an excerpt from her artist statement that best describes her approach to photography:

…As for focus, I’m not interested in depicting sharp
boundaries: razor-edge clarity does not represent how I
understand the world.

Instead, I want to mingle inside and outside; layer past and
present; create a fertile confusion sufficient to the richness
of mind and experience.

The online photo gallery (above) is just a sampling of her work and representative of how she views and understands the world.

Janet Sternburg Photographs
at Skidmore Contemporary Art – Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue, B5
Santa Monica, Calif.


The exhibit’s opening reception is next Saturday, Oct. 24 from 3-5 pm, and the show runs through Nov. 28.

For video documentation of Sternburg’s summer exhibit Fertile Confusion at the Seoul Institute of the Arts in South Korea, which included a multifaceted installation created in collaboration with projection artist Ed Purver, please visit As of Nov. 1, Sternburg’s photographs and writing will be available at

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