Von Lintel Gallery | Los Angeles

 

 

Von Lintel Gallery is excited to present Osceola Refetoff’s If These Walls Could Talk in our project room. In a nod to the last year and a half, when most of us spent more time indoors, looking out through windows, dreaming of a different reality, we are proud to present some favorites from Osceola Refetoff’s acclaimed Window Series It’s a Mess Without You.

 

Captured from within derelict structures in the California desert, these carefully framed vistas are akin to visual short stories. These desert communities came and left, leaving behind remnants and dreams which Refetoff interprets for us with his discerning viewfinder.

 

At once dreamlike and hyper-realistic, fragile and formidable, It’s a Mess Without You sees crisp blue skies engulf abandoned alfalfa farms. Jagged mountain tops peek through long-decayed window frames as bright orange sunlight pours over remnants of lives left behind. Partially inspired by Edward Hopper, the project finds new meaning in the age of isolation, when the window has been rendered our foremost way of experiencing the world — a shared symbol of a global crisis. Here, the window is employed not only as an architectural subject, but a narrative device to frame the stories of millennia-old lands, and the tenuous marks we inflict upon them in our wake.’ by Flossie Skelton for the British Journal of Photography 2020.

 

Refetoff's work is regularly featured on PBS SoCal/KCET's Emmy-winning program Artbound, and in The Guardian, The New York Times, and The New Republic, amongst many others, earning Los Angeles Press Club awards for Best Feature Photo (2019), Best Photo Series (2018, 2019, 2020), and National Photojournalist of the Year (2018). His portfolio It's a Mess Without You is the British Journal of Photography's OpenWalls Arles 2020 Outstanding Series Winner.

 

We look forward to welcoming you at Bergamot Station. For questions and additional material please email gallery@vonlintel.com

 

 

 

Christiane Feser’s current exhibition will be extended thru the summer. The exhibition will be edited from its original form to include some favorites from previous years laying out Feser’s visual evolution.

 

Christiane Feser Viewing Room 2

 

“Feser’s fundamental artistic purpose is the bending, capturing, refinement, and encapsulation of the properties of light. To make a functional partnership of the human eye and the mechanical lens. And there’s nothing more like a photograph than that. Graphically crisp, brooding, and a bit delirious at a distance, these works incite an absolutely jovial instinct to rush closer and figure out their secrets. This proximity and closer-paid attention is richly rewarded, as the eye slowly decodes the hyperreal effect as being, in fact, merely real.”

— Shana Nys Dambrot

“Feser overlaps several layers of depiction, and we as observers are not only put to the test but also confronted with [...] illusion. Feser exceeds the limits of photography while drawing attention to them at the same time. After all, her photographic constructs are both real and unreal. Consequently, not only do the objects on the images turn into ‘illusory objects,’ ghosts, as Roland Barthes once said, rather the images themselves are ‘illusory states’ which never existed, nor will they ever exist: they are quasi moments of visibility in which ‘time overlaps.”

— Claudia Tittel

“Since Plato, geometry has been regarded as the finding of truth.... Christiane turns aesthetic forms and formulas upside down through an alliance of conditions that is both contradictory and complex. ...Her images encounter a reality that we don’t always understand, but try to live with courage.”

— Michael Stoeber

 

Christiane Feser was born in Würzburg, Germany in 1977. She studied photography at the Offenbach University of Art and Design in Germany. Selected permanent collections include the The Getty Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Mönchehaus Museum and the DZ Bank Art Collection among others.

 

We look forward to welcoming you at Bergamot Station. For questions and additional material please email gallery@vonlintel.com

 

The gallery is open for walk-ins
at its new location in Bergamot Station.

Von Lintel Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Unit A7
Santa Monica, CA 90404

 

 

 

 

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