On View September 1 – November 9, 2018; Artist Reception – Saturday, September 8, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Published : Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | 3:34 PM
The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is pleased to present Sarah, Mary, Kori, Tom, Emma, a series of portraits by Ken Fandell at SPARC Gallery, located at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street. MICRONAUT, an independent curatorial design firm in South Pasadena, has organized the exhibition.
Ken Fandell’s monumental photographic portraits simultaneously shock and delight. The five portraits in this exhibition are part ongoing series of hyper detailed large-scale, montages of human faces. Created using a motorized tripod head, each image is comprised of nine to fifteen detailed images of one face stitched together. The subject has to sit still with a camera inches from his or her face as a succession of images are made over a period ranging from one to five minutes. The final images are printed approximately five feet square. The amount of detail present in each image is disturbing and the slight incongruities caused by facial twitches and eye movement during the successive exposures make the images uncanny.
“Compositing has been part of my practice for years, and I have used this method to photograph everything from the sky to the trees to the ground’” says Fandell. “My teaching of art history led me to think about a way to blend historical processes with contemporary ones. In this instance, I reference the early history of photography (with sitters having to hold still for extended periods of time to have their likenesses made) to the cutting edge imaging techniques of today (NASA uses similar compositing techniques to give us images of Mars).“ The subjects are all friends, colleagues or students of the artist.
Ken Fandell has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, with exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Houston Center for Photography. His work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. He has received prestigious awards from Artadia, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. He resides in Los Angeles and is the Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson Chair in Arts and the Humanities at Harvey Mudd College.
The SPARC Gallery is located at 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena. SPARC Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5 pm or by appointment. Please call the Chamber office before arriving. (626) 441-2339.