September 30, 2023


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Juxtapoz Journal – With Comfortable Eyes: Pictures by Austin Leong, Adrian Martinez, and Henry Wessel

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With Comfortable Eyes on the Center for Photographic Art options pictures taken in California during the last six years by up to date Bay Space–based mostly photographers Austin Leong and Adrian Martinez and chosen works additionally shot in California by the late Henry Wessel. Working largely with 35mm black-and-white movie, Leong, Martinez, and Wessel display how pictures is uniquely positioned to explain with lyricism, poignancy, and humor what is usually neglected in day-to-day life.

The exhibition’s title alludes to the best way Wessel as soon as described how he pictures on the planet, with an energetic consciousness he termed “gentle eyes”: “It’s a bodily sensation. You aren’t searching for one thing. You might be open, receptive. In some unspecified time in the future you might be in entrance of one thing that you just can’t ignore.” Wessel’s understanding of and method to the medium continues to resonate with up to date photographers like Leong and Martinez, whose cameras are at all times on the prepared as they mindfully observe their environment.

Simply as Wessel documented cultural signifiers distinct to his time—lone telephone cubicles, roadside promoting indicators, and era-specific design—Leong and Martinez seize ubiquitous cellphones, mask-clad faces, and graffiti punctuating the city panorama. Even so, a timelessness pervades lots of the footage—a way that the folks, locations, or scenes depicted transcend the singularity of their second. They exemplify how paying shut consideration and being conscious of the world as it’s unfolding can reveal the surprising within the seemingly mundane.

A grouping of pictures from Wessel’s iconic physique of labor California and the West anchors the exhibition. These pictures present a proper, aesthetic, and conceptual framework towards which to contemplate how Leong and Martinez function inside this lineage whereas extending its visible vocabulary into the current. The shared sensibilities among the many three reverberate all through the present, maybe most clearly when their pictures are facet by facet, as within the middle of the gallery house. However even when considered individually, the connective threads are unmistakable.

The exhibition is curated by Allie Haeusslein.

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