P E R S P E C T I V E S
Photo Open Featuring:
JANUARY 12TH – FEBRUARY 9TH 2008
In conjunction with the Palm Springs Film Festival
Janssenartspace is proud to present the photographic work
of Steven Arnold and Sunny McNair in PERSPECTIVES, an exhibit where two
levels of existences, meet at a common plane.
Opening Reception will be held on January 12th 2008 6-9pm.
Regrettably, Steven Arnold passed away in 1994. His photographs can be seen
in several museums worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Private collections include Salvador Dali, Cher, Goldie Hawn, Lauren Hutton,
Yves. St. Laurent and many others. Born in Berkeley, California, Steven’s black
and white photographs are staged eroticism. He uses dramatic lighting, much
like we see in old film noir movies. Arnold uses a mixture of “pleasure-dome,
prop-house wonderland.” Inspired by friend Salvador Dali, the staged photograph
was a perfect opportunity for Steven Arnold to avoid the compromises one was
forced to make in commercial filmmaking. One of Steven’s models and friend,
Brett Kester, has accumulated several original, signed photographs of the
artist known as Steven Arnold, which will be exhibited at Janssenartspace
through February 9th.
On the other side of the spiritual universe we have Sunny McNair in her
first gallery exhibit. At a young age, she began with sketching, painting and
now photography. The technique behind her “morphography” was discovered
by accident, but she has since made some very purposeful contributions to the
world of monochromatic photography. The misshapen faces reflect her eccentric
upbringing, in all its many facets. In her work, she attempts to capture those
fleeting moments where a plane of existence is out of whack, where we cannot
decide between one or the other, where we love and hate at the same time,
and where our greatest discoveries are made. Gathering inspiration from the
wonderful randomness of it all, she takes picture after picture, looking for
the next rhapsody of expression.
JANSSENARTSPACE. 333 S. Indian Canyon Drive. Palm Springs, Ca. 92262
760.864.9922 . Stevenjanssen.com
The desert art scene, which is becoming ever more in tune with the contemporary art world, is reflected in Modern Masters Fine Art’s shift toward emerging and mid-career artists. The 5,000-square-foot-gallery will feature revolving, thematic shows in addition to permanent installations of important Modern works by Claes Oldenberg, Arman, Picasso, and Matisse, as well as works in glass and sculpture.
The December 19th Group Show will feature photography from David Blank, Sherri Breyer, Michael Freed, Peter Gurnz, Tom Johnson, Kimberly Nichols, Gabriel Rivera, and Yekaterina Yushmanova. For the entire exhibition schedule visit Modern Masters online.