Photographer Jane Szabo
Sense of Self Solo Show
July 10 to August 30th 2014
Thursday July 10th 7-9pm
LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR DIGITAL ART
104 East Fourth Street
Los Angeles Ca 90013
Los Angeles (June 22): Opening at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts on July 10th photographer Jane Szabo’s new series Sense of Self. For Szabo, this work symbolically documents the struggle and failure to apply regimentation and order to life. She explains, “This self-imposed rigid sense of order, a self that wants to grid, to sort, to map, to control, conflicts with my need to escape into freedom.”
Shana Nys Dambrot writes, “Szabo started making this work following a period in which her series of environmental portraits called dis.place.ment explored parents photographed in their childrens’ rooms and vice versa. The work ignited in Szabo the somewhat unsettling conviction that, as she says, “It was time to turn the camera around.” The gestural, impactful, evasive, awkward beauty speaks to the vulnerability and self-examination Sense of Self was conceived to chronicle. It’s an “attempt to contain chaos” that reflects her “urge to grid and sort” as a mechanism of control — a trait that inevitably comes into conflict with what she calls her “desire to be free.” In service of this idea, the evocative blurriness of the figures and the surreal, stylized yet minimal atmospheric architectural settings — and the heavily symbolic interaction between the figures and elements of this environment — suggest both regimentation and expressivity. Her use of serial imagery, what the artist calls “documenting a process” is part Eadweard Muybridge and part Virginia Woolf. Her background as a painter inheres in her photographic compositions, with her striking emphasis on pattern and color doing as much of the narrative work as the attitudes and actions of the figures (herself).”
Jane Szabo lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her award winning photography has been has been exhibited across the United States. Szabo’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Vermont Photo Place Gallery, The Dark Room Gallery, PhotoSpiva, San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and The Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825.
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