Opening reception for the Artist:
Saturday, November 15th, 6pm – 8pm
Book Signing: 7:00pm
Exhibition will be on view until December 20, 2014
Kohn Gallery is pleased to present a focused exhibition of 4 new photographic works by internationally acclaimed artist Lita Albuquerque. These new works were carefully selected from a series of photographs taken of Albuquerque’s 2006 Land Art installation on Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf.
With the help of NSF astronomer Simon Balm, Albuquerque created a star map of the ninety-nine brightest stars and their constellations visible at the South Pole during the four-week stay, creating a reverse sky onto the ice. She deployed ninety-nine ultramarine blue fiberglass spheres of varying diameters positioned on the ice, from ten inches to four feet, to represent the relative magnitude of the stars. The project imaginatively links the stars through both poles as a shaft of light aligned with the rotational axis of the Earth, creating a double helix that is a metaphor for the conveyance of information—a kind of stellar DNA.
Stellar Axis was the first large-scale artwork created in Antarctica. Considered a milestone of contemporary Land Art, the installation was regarded as both a stunning and ecologically sensitive intervention on the continent. The project received international acclaim. A full exhibition of the photographs, film, objects and archive materials related to this project are on view at the Nevada Museum of Art until January 4th 2015 and the USC Fisher Museum of Art will host Albuquerque in 2016 for an exhibition featuring performance, film, writing and photographs relating to the project.
Published in conjunction with this exhibition, Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis is the first major publication on this important and renowned artist. The 224-page hardcover book contains color photographs by Jean de Pomereu and text by Albuquerque, Nevada Museum of Art Director David B. Walker, Center for Art + Environment Director William L. Fox, Nevada Museum of Art Senior Curator/Deputy Director Ann M. Wolfe, Astrophysicist Roger F. Malina and USC Fisher Museum of Art Director Selma Holo. This book will be sold during the opening and book signing on Saturday, November 15th, beginning at 6pm.
The film Stellar Axis: Antarctica will play throughout the opening. The roughly 8 minute film, shot by Lionel Cousin and directed by Jon Beasley, acts as a visual vehicle that transports the viewer to Antarctica and situates Albuquerque’s artwork in this mysterious landscape. Accompanied by an original score by Beasley, the film captures the essence of this important artwork that is at once haunting and solemn.
Lita Albuquerque is now represented by the Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles. Albuquerque is an internationally renowned artist who, over the course of her 40-year career, developed a strong visual language and an expansive body of work ranging from sculpture, poetry, painting, photography, film, and multi-media performance to ambitious site-specific ephemeral projects in remote locations around the globe. She is on the core faculty of the Fine Art Graduate Program at Art Center College of Design.