Through March 26, Regen Projects in Hollywood presents James Welling: Choreograph, a new series of inkjet prints by photographer and CalArts alumnus James Welling (Art BFA 72, MFA 74). Each image incorporates a combination of dance, architecture and landscape.
From the press release:
To create these works, Welling photographed over a dozen dance companies in New York, Philadelphia, Ottawa, and Los Angeles. The dance photographs were then merged with photographs of architecture (buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, and Paul Rudolph) and landscape imagery (western Connecticut, southern Florida, and Switzerland) in Photoshop’s fundamental red, green, and blue color channels, which are basic to all color photographs. The resulting electronic files were altered by the artist using Photoshop’s Hue and Saturation layers to create complicated, multi-hued photographs, which were then printed on rag paper using a 10 color Epson Stylus Pro 9900 inkjet printer.
Welling studied dance briefly at the University of Pittsburgh before studying photography at CalArts. Choreograph marks his artistic return to dance.
“Three separate photographs are used for each work; the images are run through different color channels in Photoshop, then layered. The results are lush, beautiful evocations of the part of the dance-making endeavor that few people outside of it see,” says a review in The New Yorker. “Teased out of the photographs, Welling’s sources are static, but, spliced together, they coalesce into pulsating abstract compositions that transcend building, nature, and dancer.”
James Welling: Choreograph
Feb. 19 through March 26
6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles