Challenging Exhibitions at USC Fisher Museum of Art

Challenging Exhibitions at USC Fisher Museum of Art

KCRW/NPR - 25 Septembre 2018

Edward Goldman talks about two new appealing and challenging exhibitions at USC Fisher Museum of Art.  

I do remember how, decades ago, when the Los Angeles art scene was much more modest, it was not easy to find gallery or museum exhibitions that were worthy to talk about every week on this program. Now, the Los Angeles art scene is exploding, with new galleries opening, it seems, every week. These days, my biggest challenge is how to choose from so many important, intriguing exhibitions happening all over town.

So, my choice for today’s Art Talk is two exhibitions at USC Fisher Museum of Art: both are visually arresting, and both make you think twice about what you see and how to interpret and understand it. The title of one exhibition there, Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, refers to humanity’s permanent mark on the planet. 

This exhibition of two dozen photography-based images by Justin Brice Guariglia is focused on his participation in NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge mission. He joined NASA in flying over melting glaciers to document and illustrate how they are affecting sea level rise. From a distance, his photographic works have a sculptural, relief affect. But, come closer, and you will be surprised to discover a rich texture and physical depth that seems to fuse photography and painting. In his artwork, Guariglia uses a complicated archival printing process that builds layers of acrylic and incorporates materials such as gold, pewter-leaf, and aircraft-grade aluminum.

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