WATER BOWL 2 (2010)
Exhibition Dates: June 8 – July 20, 2013 Opening Reception: June 8, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Leslie Sacks Contemporary is excited to announce an exhibition of works by Venice Beach artist Jeremy Kidd. Working in Photography & Adobe Photoshop, Kidd creates urbanscape and landscape images that are simultaneously realistic and abstract. Photographing over many days often from multiple perspectives, Kidd will use hundreds of these photographs in the same way a painter uses a palette of oils and acrylics. His process of layering and composing these photographs results in the final irregular shaped artwork which also references the assemblage process.
Jeremy Kidd’s work is a direct nod to David Hockney’s photographic collages of the 1980’s, such as Pearblossom Highway, 11-18th 1986. Hockney created a flat cubist composition using color photographs, requiring the viewer to connect the visually fragmented components of a deconstructed scene in order to assess the complete image. In contrast, Jeremy Kidd presents a seamless collage that access the subjective realm of time and memory. As the works evolve away from their photographic source, they proffer a highly manipulated image, thrusting the viewer into his fictional reality.
Trained as a Sculptor, Kidd combines this background with spatial dynamics with his interest is in the American Hudson River School, the British tradition of landscapes and the philosophical idea of the sublime. In Waterbowl, 2005, Kidd again combines multiple photographs to create an overall sense of the
location, conflating our notion of capturing a particular moment in time. Dawn and dusk, clouds and clear skies, dark and translucent water appear together in one hyper-real moment. The large-scale and irregular angles of the composition allow for multiple entry points, inviting the viewer to step into this created landscape and experience nature’s sublime.
A billboard by Jeremy Kidd can be seen in Culver City as part of Otis College’s exhibition West of the 405. Jeremy Kidd’s work is collected by the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, the American Embassy in Algeria and the American Embassy in Panama. He has also been the subject of a One Person show at Laguna Museum of Art, CA and the California Museum of Photography.
THE ORIENTAL PEARL PUDONG 1 (2012)
JUNE 8, 2013
LESLIE SACKS CONTEMPORARY