Von Lintel Gallery | Los Angeles

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new photograms and sculptural negatives by Farrah Karapetian. This marks the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

Narratives associated with unrest have long motivated Karapetian as an artist, and this year, she has been trying to build herself out of a state of demoralization, into a new understanding of the politics of space and the role of participation and exchange in politics. She began considering the relationship between flags and territory. Flags and walls signify territory, serving as political devices for separation. On the other hand, walls provide shelter; on a personal level and a political level, the artist recognizes the need for both a building and a dismantling of walls.

Karapetian began to explore this concept by creating sculptural negatives out of rebar in the shape of cinderblocks. She limited the palette of light on the photograms of these blocks to red, white, and blue. She then built and unbuilt the blocks through multiple iterations of photogram on film and paper. The photograms that result from this process are as beautiful as they are thoughtful, with a naturally diversified palette, sometimes like a rainbow. As David Pagel described in the Los Angeles Times, Karapetian’s work gives viewers “plenty to look at and even more to wonder about, [making] a virtue of uncertainty.”

Karapetian is known for making photography physical. To “rematerialize photography”, as Leah Ollman explained in an article in Art in America about Karapetian and other photographic artists committed to the objecthood of the photograph, is to change the game, to make of it a slow, thoughtful process that builds on itself, actively engaging, in Karapetian’s case, the subject of the work in the process of its own representation.

Karapetian was born in Marin, CA, in 1978. She received a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles. Karapetian will spend several months in Russia on a Fulbright fellowship in 2018. Her work is held in public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present a selection of “photogenics” by artist Lotte Jacobi (1896 - 1990).
Jacobi was one of the earliest female photographers to use innovative techniques in photography and devote her later practice to her “photogenics,” commonly known as photograms.

"I was born to photography," Lotte Jacobi explained of her chosen medium. For three generations, the Jacobi family had a photography studio in Germany. Jacobi started her career at age twelve assisting her father in the darkroom and became one of the most successful portraitists in Berlin. She rejected the Nazi’s offer to grant her honorary Aryan status and fled to the United States. Nearly all of her early work was lost when she emigrated to the United States.

In 1935, Jacobi reestablished her studio in New York. By the 1950s, She began to make abstract images and landscapes which she referred to as “photogenics.” Her “photogenics” are camera-less photographs, in which pieces of glass or twisted cellophane were used to interrupt the beams from a flashlight positioned above a piece of photographic paper. She had taken the quality of light and movement she had perfected in her portraits and applied it to abstract forms derived from nature. Eventually she dedicated the remainder of her career to producing “photogenics.”

Lotte Jacobi was born in Thorn, Germany. Jacobi’s photographs are held in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, and the International Center of Photography, amongst other prestigious museum collections.

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Von Lintel Gallery | Los Angeles

December 7-10, 2017

Pulse Miami Beach
Indian Beach Park
4601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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