Self-taught Italian photographer Gusmano Cesaretti (born 1944) was one of the very first photographers to document the street culture of East Los Angeles, and The Thrill Is Gone is a retrospective history of his celebrated photographic work of the 1970s. Chapters include “Bikers,” “East L.A. Diary,” “Folsom Prison,” “Maria Sabina,” “Muscle Beach” and “Street Writers,” along with selected other iconic images from this important time in the photographer’s creative history. As a boy growing up in Italy, Cesaretti listened to jazz and rock ’n’ roll on the radio, and was drawn to the worlds of Marlon Brando and James Dean in Hollywood movies. But when he arrived in the U.S.--Cesaretti has lived in Los Angeles since 1970--it was the raw energy, graffiti, culture and people of East L.A. that seduced him. His early work--featured here in the chapter “East L.A. Diary”--documents his immersion in the low-rider subculture of the Klique car club. Cesaretti credits his poor English with allowing him to earn the trust of local residents--he found it hard to understand their graffiti on his own and had to ask for help. Independent curator Aaron Rose describes him as “one of the few true artists documenting outlaw cultures in the tradition of Robert Frank.”
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The second photographic and short film project in artist Jim Mangan’s trilogy about rebirth, Color’d presents a very contemporary answer to a theme that is as old as the mountains and as universal as sunshine. Shot in saturated instant film and grainy 35 mm film, Color’d is set among the high alpine lakes of northern Utah’s Uinta Mountains and depicts a journey of stepping outside the increasingly narrow confines of modern America to literally paint anew one’s identity.
“For me, Color’d represents a journey where there exists no boundaries, an escape from everyday society into a world where anything seems possible,” says Mangan. “But really, it can be anything you’d like it to be.” As the naked, painted young men and women explore lakes, meadows and mountainsides, Mangan’s lens captures the unfolding—and at times uncomfortable—sense of renewal they experience in this landscape of utter possibility. Uncomfortable, because the paint has also inked over their very identities, until all that remains are blank—if bright—canvases on which they are free to redefine themselves.
Color’d is published by Dashwood Books, NY, NY. Alejandro Jodorowsky personally provided the song, Enitierro Del Primer Juguete, which he composed for his film, El Topo, to be used as the main song for the Color'd short film. A solo exhibition of Color'd was held at Country Club Projects, Los Angeles, 2011. It was part of two group exhibitions in New York City and Moscow in both 2011 and 2012. Vice magazine published it as the cover and feature in the 2011 Vice Photo Issue. It will be featured in the next issue of Dorade, Paris, 2013.
At 8:30pm following the book signing there will be an after party held with complimentary drinks at Martha Otero Gallery (820 N. Fairfax, approximately 3 blocks north of Family), which is currently exhibiting Jim Mangan's latest project, Time of Nothing.
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Why must the elementary requests of contemporary life involve such increasingly abrasive levels of access? There is fear at every turn. The infrastructure of civilization has created a dependency on flashing lights, words on metal, and intercoms to tell us how to live safely, how to not ‘get hurt’ or interfere. “This is for your own good.”
Jesse Hlebo’s solo exhibition at Family, "Gewalt" — a German word meaning both “violence” and “authority” or “established power” — is an investigation into the media utilized within contemporary systemic authorities and the subsequent violence that exists. Hlebo creates sculptures, prints, and videos utilizing propaganda culled from various sources: The New York Times, the NYPD, and an array of radical/conservative ideological texts.
An accompanying booklet containing a selection of images from the exhibition and an article written by Hlebo will be available exclusively at Family in an edition of 75.
On view through April 15th, 2013.
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