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Flash: Sharon Lockhart

California Museum of Photography

March 28 - June 20, 2015

Flash! contemporary art series presents Untitled (2014), a photograph inspired by Sharon Lockhart’s acclaimed film Double Tide (2009). In this work, the viewer encounters an isolated subject framed in Lockhart’s signature directorial style. A girl bends, supporting herself against a rock, to inspect a specimen of abalone submerged under the shallow waters of a beachside tide pool. Always interested in areas of overlap and difference between the mediums of film and photography, Lockhart here enacts many similarities shared with Double Tide: the posture of singular labor, here reframed as one of play; the specific and important connection between a coastal town and the sea, one of the most elemental forces of nature; and the particular reliance that the microcosmic location and subject hold on the sea (tide pools only exist by virtue of the varying ebbs and flows of the ocean).

Sharon Lockhart (born 1964 in Norwood, Massachusetts) is a Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Kunstverein Hamburg, among elsewhere. The artist has participated in group exhibitions internationally, including at MOMA PS1, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her work is held in many public collections, including at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, all in Los Angeles; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York; Art Institute of Chicago; and Tate Modern, London. She earned her BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991, and her MFA at Art Center College of Design in 1993.

Flash! features single works made within the last year. The exhibitions are presented on the third floor of the CMP. Sharon Lockhart: Untitled is the eighth exhibition in the series.


Image: Sharon Lockhart, Untitled, 2014 (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin.

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