With Cushy Eyes on the Heart for Photographic Artwork options images taken in California over the past six years by way of recent Bay Space–based totally photographers Austin Leong and Adrian Martinez and decided on works additionally shot in California by way of the overdue Henry Wessel. Running in large part with 35mm black-and-white movie, Leong, Martinez, and Wessel exhibit how pictures is uniquely located to explain with lyricism, poignancy, and humor what’s ceaselessly lost sight of in day by day existence.
The exhibition’s name alludes to the way in which Wessel as soon as described how he images on the planet, with an lively consciousness he termed “cushy eyes”: “This can be a bodily sensation. You don’t seem to be on the lookout for one thing. You’re open, receptive. Someday you’re in entrance of one thing that you can not forget about.” Wessel’s figuring out of and option to the medium continues to resonate with recent photographers like Leong and Martinez, whose cameras are at all times on the in a position as they mindfully practice their setting.
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 mobile phones, mask-clad faces, and graffiti punctuating the city panorama. Even so, a timelessness pervades lots of the footage—a way that the folks, puts, or scenes depicted go beyond the singularity in their second. They exemplify how paying shut consideration and being conscious of the arena as it’s unfolding can divulge the surprising within the apparently mundane.
A grouping of images from Wessel’s iconic frame of labor California and the West anchors the exhibition. Those images supply a proper, aesthetic, and conceptual framework towards which to imagine how Leong and Martinez perform inside this lineage whilst extending its visible vocabulary into the existing. The shared sensibilities some of the 3 reverberate all through the display, most likely maximum obviously when their images are aspect by way of aspect, as within the middle of the gallery area. However even if considered one after the other, the connective threads are unmistakable.
The exhibition is curated by way of Allie Haeusslein.