Some Views Abroad

Wall paint shown:

Behr: Russian Blue 560F-4
Behr: Russian Olive N350-7
Sherwin-Williams: Moscow Midnight SW 9142
Sherwin-Williams: Real Red SW 6868
latex matte Interior paint

On The Pavement, Neukölln

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: Outer dimensions: 1.25” x 16.25” x 13.25” image dimensions:  10” x 5.875”
edition size: 2 / 1AP

Neukölln is a district of Berlin previously defined after 1961 by its status as bordering East Berlin.  Its geographic circumstance led to the perception of the area as undesirable, problematic and as a settlement of foreign populations. In recent years the district has become designated as a popular area to reside.  On The Pavement refers to a photograph of Rodchenko as well as the set of things to observe in the picture.

Waters of the Landweher Canal, Berlin

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 16.25” x 13.25” image dimensions: 10” x 6.625”
edition size: 2 / 1AP

In an attempt to stop Russian troops from advancing through Berlin in April of 1945, the waters of the Landweher Canal were used to flood railway tunnels resulting in the drowning of German war wounded and civilians. In 1982 East German refugees used the waters to escape to the West. Rosa Luxemburg’s body was thrown into the canal’s waters after being murdered in 1919. 

Pier at Avila, CA

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 13.25” x 16.25” Image dimensions: 6.625” x 10”
edition size: 2 / 1AP

An image of a seascape can motivate the contemplation of unfathomable depths. Looking at a picture of the sea is a view of inaccessible yet ubiquitous content. Underneath the surface of San Luis Obispo’s waters, massive data flows pass under the ocean currents. The county’s waters envelop a hub of various trans-pacific sub-marine internet cable networks and an undersea data center. The seascapes here are twofold a view of inaccessible yet ubiquitous content.

Gleisdreieck, Berlin

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 16.25” x 13.25” image dimensions: 10” x 6.5”
edition size: 2 / 1AP

Gleisdreieck (railway triangle), Berlin features two U-bahn platforms above a third platform. After 1961 the lower platform served as the eastern terminus for the U2, and then as the southern terminal for the M-Bahn between 1984 and 1992. This M-Bahn or Magnetbahn line was developed to fill a gap in public transportation resulting from the construction of the Berlin wall.  A series of disastrous setbacks prevented scheduled opening service dates until 1991 when, as the train finally became operational, it was simultaneously rendered obsolete by the reunification of Germany.  

Radiojournalistin (Monika), Neukölln

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 13.25” x 16.25” image dimensions: 6.75” x 10”
edition size: 2 / 1AP

Radiojournalist Monika Mueller, a resident of Neukölln, Berlin, at the time of this photo completed a radio piece discussing German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel who was arrested and imprisoned in Istanbul on February 14th 2017.  The radio piece, which discussed the then uncertain prospect of Yücel’s release, was broadcast on February 16th, 2018 hours after news broke of his surreptitious release.

Beach at Sandspit, CA

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 16.25” x 13.25” image dimensions: 10” x 6.5”
edition size: 2 / 1AP

An image of a seascape can motivate the contemplation of unfathomable depths. Looking at a picture of the sea is a view of inaccessible yet ubiquitous content. Underneath the surface of San Luis Obispo’s waters, massive data flows pass under the ocean currents. The county’s waters envelop a hub of various trans-pacific sub-marine internet cable networks and an undersea data center. The seascapes here are twofold a view of inaccessible yet ubiquitous content.

The Waters off Avila, CA

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 13.25” x 16.25” image dimensions:  6.4375” x 10”
edition size: 2 / 1AP

An image of a seascape can motivate the contemplation of unfathomable depths. Looking at a picture of the sea is a view of inaccessible yet ubiquitous content. Underneath the surface of San Luis Obispo’s waters, massive data flows pass under the ocean currents. The county’s waters envelop a hub of various trans-pacific sub-marine internet cable networks and an undersea data center. The seascapes here are twofold a view of inaccessible yet ubiquitous content.

Alexander (Siesta), Los Angeles

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 16.25” x 13.25” image dimensions: 10” x 6.625”
edition size: 2 / 2AP

Alexander (Siesta) is a portrait of Alexander, a Russian artist working for American television in Los Angeles.  The title Siesta references a photo by Maholy-Nagy of sleeping figures intersected by the shadow of metal forms. Rodchenko’s image Girl with a Leica may also come to mind.

Vestibule, Berlin

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 16.25” x 13.25” image dimensions: 10” x 6.625”
edition size: 2 / 1AP

This is an image of a space between an outside and entrance, in this case to the open courtyard of a building. Figures and architecture are seen through and reflected on the picture.

Alexander (Another Siesta)

year: Undated
series: Some Views Abroad
medium: archival print on photo rag Baryta, painted metal frames /rag matte under UV Plexiglass
size: outer dimensions: 1.25” x 16.25” x 13.25” image dimensions: 10” x 6.625”
edition size: 2 / 2AP

Alexander (Siesta) is a portrait of Alexander, a Russian artist working for American television in Los Angeles.  The title Siesta references a photo by Maholy-Nagy of sleeping figures intersected by the shadow of metal forms. Rodchenko’s image Girl with a Leica may also come to mind.

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Some Views Abroad is a photo/multi-media installation at C.Nichols Project, open from October 13 through November 17, 2018.

c.nichols project is located at 12613 1/2 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066. That’s just west of Centinela in Mar Vista. Ms Nichols was formerly the owner and director of works on paper, inc at 6150 Wilshire in Los Angeles.

c.nichols project is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon-5pm. Please check the gallery website for details and additional programming or call 310-915-1930 during gallery hours.

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Some Views Abroad

Kevin Hanley October 2018

  Some Views Abroad is a series of black and white photographs of various locations in California, U.S.A. and Berlin, Germany. The places and people shown, although familiar to the photographer, are as inconspicuous as any set of personal photos. While equivocal, the pictures encourage the viewer’s inquiry through their interconnected historical references and formal qualities. In addition, the apparatus and materials used in making these images play off the information that each photo subject may offer when viewed. For example, the series has been made using a vintage Soviet FED-2 rangefinder camera. In regard to the images of the formerly divided city of Berlin, it is notable that the FED-2 is a product of the East, but one that immediately points to the West, and to the Leica Rangefinder camera on which it was modeled. This twinned configuration is further triangulated by the California images, which, although outwardly anodyne, are nevertheless inflected by those bitter conflicts that would prompt everything from the prewar Weimar Diaspora to the postwar technological transfer upon which the wealth of the West Coast as a global hub of entertainment and information technology was built. In addition, these camera types might be seen as constituting a first step toward photography becoming the ubiquitous mass practice it is today. 

  Regarding material support, black frames, a standard of photographic presentation in the art context, are in this case coated with Russian military weapon paint used for instance to coat AK-47 rifles. The paint that protects the metal that ostensibly protects Russia, here protects the metal which protects images that have Russia as relative content. Additionally the walls in the exhibition space on which the pictures hang are painted with colors designated by various paint manufacturers as Russian in name, for example, Russian Blue, Russian Olive, Moscow Midnight and the more oblique inclusion Real Red.  These paint colors, fugitive optical elements with arbitrary theme, will define as well as protect the space of exhibition. Some Views Abroad is an attempt at suspending and maintaining a rift between what is surveyed and what is documented with an interplay of perceived and implied influences.  

  This series was inspired by pondering the topic of foreign influence on political views, and in a more general sense, the fickle relationship between photography and questions of judgment. Photos that are taken to build online social journals are eventually reduced to data; this data is used in turn to influence the broad image sharing population. To take a long, and even slowed-down view of photography in this case seemed key to somehow reconfigure the cognitive aspect of photos.  By circumnavigating current ubiquitous image production through methods, materials and indexing, Some Views Abroad is intended as an indirect–or scenic-route to making sense of snapshots.