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Art Review – on Richard’s Solo “Convergent Evolution” by Diversions LA

Posted by RichardSChow in exhibits, Gallery, Photo, review

Hello Friends!

Very pleased and honored to receive another art review on my Solo Exhibit “Convergent Evolution”, which took place at the infamous Neutra Institute Museum Gallery at Silver Lake, California. Exhibit ran from Aug 29 to Sept 17.

Please take a read… below. Link here to go the DIVERSIONSLA, Thank you!

 

Get ready to evolve. Convergent Evolution, a solo show by photographic artist Richard Chow at the Neutra Gallery in Silver Lake is a beautifully evocative mix of black and white images and a vivid color palette that show a wide and evolutionary range of Chow’s work.

Exhibiting images from radically divergent bodies of work, Chow takes bold risks in presenting disparate images that transcend beauty or social commentary, stimulating, challenging, and engaging the viewer in dialogue with the art.

Curated by Dulce Stein along with Chow,  the work here features predominantly black and white images, making the vibrant full color photographs in Chow’s “URBANSCAPE” series a striking focal point.

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“A New Angle,” above, is a strong example the artist’s exploration of how color and form can be reimagined within the construct of the urban landscape. Bold use of color is an essential component here, and it seems as if Chow is painting with his camera, using his surroundings as a palate.  The intense colors and tight compositions that are characteristic of this series create compelling, dynamic images with an abstract modern aesthetic.

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In sharp contrast, images from Chow’s more recently developed body of work, “Distant Memories,” are an ethereal black and white, crafted by inserting secondary lenses between the subject matter and the camera.  In the series, the artist acts as curator of visual memories, questioning how they influence our individual humanity. Although the images, like the recollections they depict, are softy diffused and rely heavily on the use of light to convey emotion, the compositions are classic and strong.

“Memories,” Chow says, “are the result of a subconscious sifting through life experiences filtered through our emotional response. This process leaves them fragmented, somewhat indistinct.” The works, set against backdrops that are fertile ground for memories, explore subject matter that spans the emotional spectrum, triggering the viewer’s own memories.

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Chow’s most recent body of work, “Into the Light,” returns to his architectural roots, but features black and white photography. These images, frequently larger in scale and devoid of color, allow the artist to plumb the depths of light, form, and function, exploring the urban landscape in relationship to those who inhabit it. While the series shares subject matter with its architecturally based predecessor, “URBANSCAPE,” here the photographer uses light, not color, to convey tone, atmosphere, and context – resulting in compelling images with an abstract modern aesthetic. No less vibrant and engaging for the absence of color, these images show Chow’s  progression as an artist, the works becoming more experimental in nature. Chow makes extensive use of geometry to add structure and organization to images that are more abstract than his earlier works. These compositional techniques allow him to quite literally lead viewers into the light.

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The exhibition closes Sunday, so add it to your weekend list. The Neutra is located at 2379 Glendale Blvd. in Silver Lake.

  • Lisa Broadway with Genie Davis; photos courtesy of artist

 

 

 

 

01 Oct 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Richard S. Chow Fine Art Photography Exhibits Convergent Evolution

Posted by RichardSChow in exhibits, Gallery, Photo

 

Press Release for upcoming solo show — hope you can attend on Sept 2.

 

Award-winning fine art photographer Richard S. Chow exhibits curated selections from multiple bodies of work at the Neutra Institute Museum Gallery from Aug. 29 – Sept. 17. Opening reception Sept. 2, 6 – 10 pm.

Los Angeles, CA, August 23, 2017 –(PR.com)– Fine art photographer Richard S. Chow exhibits a curated selection from his diverse body of work in a solo exhibit at the iconic Neutra Institute Museum Gallery. The exhibit includes selected works from several bodies of work including his URBANSCAPE and Distant Memories series and will debut new work. The exhibit is augmented by a comprehensive online portfolio at www.richardschow.com.

The artist has crafted a portfolio with distinct series that appear dissimilar in aesthetic, concept, and message but structurally they rely on strong composition, technical precision and a recurring commentary by the artist on social and cultural ideology with an artistic intent to engage the viewer in a dialogue with the art. It is these analogous structures with similar form applied to divergent bodies of work and subject matters that are the hallmark of the artist’s work.

The artist reception will be Sept. 2, from 6-10 pm. In addition to light refreshments, there will be an opportunity to meet the artist who will be signing his limited edition books.

Richard S. Chow is an award-winning fine art photographer based in Los Angeles, California. He has widely exhibited in solo and juried exhibits across the U.S. His work has been internationally published and is featured in several private and public collections including a recent acquisition by the American Hotel in Los Angeles. Richard is also represented by the following galleries – Gallery 825/LA Art Association, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, and Beyond The Lines Gallery.

The Neutra Institue Museum Gallery is housed in the iconic Neutra Office Building, owned and designed by Modernist architect Richard Neutra in 1950. It served as the studio and office for Neutra’s architecture practice from 1950 until Neutra’s death in 1970. The building has been declared a Historic Cultural Monument and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The gallery is located at:

The Neutra Institute Museum Gallery
2379 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, CA 90039
Exhibit curators are Dion Neutra and Dulce Stein

Opening Reception Sept. 2, 6-10pm
On View Aug. 29 to Sept. 17

Gallery Hours, Tue & Thur 4-8pm
or by Appointment via 1-818-350-3101

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Exhibit Review – on Richard’s Solo at Gallery 417, DTLA

Posted by RichardSChow in curator, exhibits, Gallery, Photo, review

 

A tremendous thank-you to Mr. Joseph Hazani for this artful and insightful review on my Solo Exhibit at the 417 Gallery at Metro 417 in Downtown Los Angeles. This gives me encouragement to continue with my work and to explore new territories.

Actual review can be found here. I’d recommend you to follow Joseph as he reviews all forms of art including performances. He is also an acclaimed author and please check out his work at http://adilettante.com

 

May 27, 2017 

The beautiful thing about Richard Chow’s photographic art is that it makes such a perennial, concerted effort, to reveal to us the beauty that’s missing in our lives. He could be one of those exciting photographers which act as a continuum with the Classics in rendering a reality that is stunningly gorgeous, to unleash his imagination of what reality can possibly be, impregnating the human imagination thereby expanding the realm of possibility. But Mr. Chow performs a much more serious and challenging task: finding the beauty in the life we are given.

He continues with this raison d’etre in his URBANSCAPE artwork. Not satisfied with the ornamentation of color in architecture as he was before, he challenges himself further in reducing the perfunctory, the quotidian, the downright ignored around us, to reveal majestic geometries that could not otherwise be perceived unless we took the painstaking time to search for them. Mr. Chow does this charitable work for us, foraging around the city of Los Angeles, turning over architectural stones to reveal hidden gems abound.

And by gems, we mean objects of beauty we could not possibly apprehend unless it was filtered and titrated by the laboratory scientist that is Mr. Chow. His distillation takes ho-hum federal buildings and turns them into points of intrigue. Imagine that: the most blasé, bromidic, and brutish architecture can be not simply re-imagined but reborn to gives us an awe of wonder and henceforth gratitude for there being such beauty in even the most frankly ugly representations of bureaucratic girth. This successful artisanal effort must be praised.

And it’s actually paradoxical, then, that Mr. Chow is at his weakest when he captures the most architecturally inspiring work of Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall. It isn’t that his work and its magisterial demonstration of contour, concentrated in such an exceptional minimalist format, is not provocative. But the fact that Mr. Gehry’s genius is so domineering makes it impassably consistent with Mr. Chow’s vision; we immediately know what building this is, because that is just how resplendent the Concert Hall is, thereby distracting us from concentrating on its aesthetic reduction. Beauty cannot be distilled because it is already there in its elemental form.

Speaking of contour, and of lines and of geometries, this is the technical epicenter of Mr. Chow’s work. We can hand-wave about the beauty that is shown, but full articulation is necessary. And it is that these photographs are beautiful because they give a sufficiency, a completeness and uniformity, to the man-made forms. It is all too easy for us to conduct a sense of awe when we look at the effortless beauty found in nature. When we look to our own man-made creations, there is an expectation that the effort cannot match the designs of natural phenomena.

The human being is too imperfect a creature to match it. Thus, to perceive such raw rationality in form, such overt intelligibility in the design due to the active hand of the use of reason in materializing a creation, is wondrous. These harmonies in lines and shapes with their modest completeness are inconceivable to be found as children born by Mother Earth. She enjoys almost scattered splashes of order which incidentally appear to us as magnificent. In a sense, then, Mr. Chow is capturing for us a plan of action that went accordingly! A marvel indeed for humanity! And above all else, a sense of appreciation of what mankind can potentially create. To commend mankind’s ability to create is just as fundamental to this terrific series. For it is indeed vital to be reminded how precious a gift it is.

417 Gallery

Solo Exhibit at 417 Gallery

 

20 Aug 2017 no comments / READ MORE

photo l.a. 2016

Posted by RichardSChow in exhibits, Gallery

Very happy to be exhibit at Photo l.a. 2016 in association with OPEN SHOW LA!
It was a whirlwind 3.5 days of photography fair, and very grateful to see old friends and meet new ones.

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26 Mar 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Exhibit displays for EARLY WORKS – C4FAP Colorado & UARTS Philadelphia

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At the Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins Colorado. A big thanks to Hamidah Glasgow, Exec director C4FAP.

My image is the second column from the left, the single picture.

The feedback for this group exhibition has been fabulous and it is becoming a nice travelling show. Stay tuned for the next venue.

 

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It was very cool to be part of the show at UARTs – University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Below is the exhibition display. I have the lower left side image.

 

UARTS show view Early works

30 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE