Robert C. May Photography Series: CATHERINE OPIE
Catherine Opie’s large seascapes on exhibition now through March 9 are from the series 12 Miles to the Horizon. Both meditative and visually stunning, they evoke color field painting as well as notions of the sublime in painting, in which nature provides an awe-inspiring spectacle that goes beyond mere beauty to provide a spiritual experience. At the same time, she plays with the notion of sunrise and sunset as photographic clichés.
Opie set interesting artistic restrictions on herself in this series, made while she traveled on a freighter from Busan, Korea, to Long Beach, California, at the invitation of the shipping company Hanjin. She photographed at sunrise and sunset daily, and made sure the horizon line perfectly transected the composition, helping to create a mood of balance and calm as well as a formal relationship between all the works. She also created her own artist’s log of the trip, designing and printing the paper in advance, and recording her thoughts, whether in the form of doodled drawings or writing.
Catherine Opie’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. In addition to her Guggenheim retrospective, Catherine Opie: American Photographer, her work has been featured in recent solo exhibitions organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut.
CATHERINE OPIE, SUNSET #1, 2009, C-PRINT. COURTESY OF REGEN PROJECTS, LOS ANGELES, © CATHERINE OPIE
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