Mike Mandel Featured By The Guardian

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Human traffic: photos of people in their cars are a window to a lost world

By Sean O'Hagan

In the early 70s, Mike Mandel would walk from his house in north Hollywood to the busy intersection of Victory Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon, where he would stand on the pavement and point his camera at the cars waiting at the traffic lights. “I liked the idea that I would stand in one place every day and the pictures could come to me,” he says.

Back then, way before digital cameras, surveillance and smartphones, people were more relaxed about a stranger on a street with a camera. “I was using a wide-angled lens and had to get in really close, because I wanted a reaction. Some guys flipped me the finger, but more often people would just smile back or pull a face. They just thought it was kind of funny.”

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"The Photographer Who Captured People Driving in Los Angeles"
By Hattie Crisell

"I wanted to do something that would have a little humor to it, and maybe a little riskiness,” the photographer Mike Mandel says. His new book, “People in Cars” out next month, does just that: It’s a collection of snapshots he took in 1970s California as a 19-year-old kid. “I grew up in Los Angeles and all of my experience of being in L.A. was about going from one place to the other by car,” he recalls. He saw the automobile as an American icon and a home in itself, where people would spend hours of their time. Walking to an intersection half a block from his house, he began to take candid photographs of drivers."

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BLOUIN ARTINFO features Rankaitis Exhibition

Robert Mann Gallery in New York is hosting an exhibition “Grey Matters” by artist Susan Rankaitis through May 6, 2017.

The exhibition presents the most recent works by American multimedia artist Susan Rankaitis (b. 1949, Cambridge, Massachusetts), continuing with the artist’s ongoing exploration of artistic and scientific processes. Working in painting, photography and drawing, Rankaitis’s work is rooted in the unconventional. Derived from Rankaitis’s most recent fascination with the concept of interoception, the works in this exhibition incorporate unique images that fuse the histories of experimental photography and abstract painting, creating an artistic visual representation of scientific ideas. Attempting to illustrate the obscure internal sense of interoception or any such intangible internal event, the artist engages the use of mixed media, to conjure up imageries that are both cerebral and emotionally evocative. 

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Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan on view at Tate Modern

The gallery is thrilled to share the news that gallery artist Mike Mandel's work, Evidence, done in collaboration with Larry Sultan is currently on view at the Tate Modern

Evidence is a key early work made using found photography, claiming and re-contextualising images to create new meanings

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel began collaborating as students and continued making work together for almost three decades. In 1977 they published a book featuring images from the archives of American institutions such as NASA, United States Department of the Interior and Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Having scoured the unclassified archives, Sultan and Mandel made a selection of photographs produced to document the activities of these organisations. They then carefully sequenced these records of scientific experiments and technological breakthroughs and presented them without explanatory text or captions. Shown here are 36 of the 59 photographs they selected.

By taking these images from their institutional contexts Sultan and Mandel remove their original documentary function. Without reference to their origins their role as ‘evidence’ becomes more fluid, the images intrigue but are rendered mysterious, and at times absurd. Through selection and sequencing Sultan and Mandel create new narratives and ask the viewer to draw their own conclusions, playing an active role in the creation of meaning. The artists described this process as a ’poetic exploration upon the restructuring of imagery’.

Sultan and Mandel’s revolutionary approach questions the value of the photograph as document and highlights the role of context in forming meaning. Evidence is now seen as an iconic work which influenced and helped popularise the use of found photography in contemporary artistic practice.

Jem Southam in 'Regions of Light'

We are pleased to share that gallery artist Jem Southam is included in the group exhibition Regions of Light at the Hestercombe Gallery, England.  

'Regions of Light' showcases the historic work of painter and poet Rev. John Eagles (1783-1855), together with contemporary artists Rebecca Chesney, Paul Desborough and Jem Southam. The exhibition title, taken from a line in a John Eagles poem, alludes to the visual diversity of the show, which feature photography, paint, sculpture, objects, words and film. 

The exhibition opens on March 18 and will be on view through July 2, 2017

Birds of a Feather featured by Lens Culture

The gallery is pleased to share that our exhibition, Birds of a Feather, has been featured by Lens Culture by being included in an selection of Four NYC Exhibitions Reveal the Art World’s Thoughts on the American Election

A number of museums and galleries in New York are protesting the recent presidential election the best way they know how: with forceful exhibitions about free speech and America’s long-held ideal of inclusivity.

Karl Baden: "Father of the Selfie"

We congratulate Karl Baden on being named "Father of the Selfie!"  

NBC News writes: 
Robert Mann, the owner of the gallery, said he was very impressed by Baden's work when he submitted 10 "selfies" from a ten-month interval for the gallery's 10x10x10 exhibit. The art of capturing the aging process struck him the most, he said. 

"It is a brave thing to do to expose the world of this close-up view of how he's maturing and growing throughout the years," said Mann. "No other artist has done anything remotely close to that. I don't know of any artist that has actually stuck with something for this long like this before." 

Baden tries to remain faithful to the first picture he took in 1987, the day after Andy Warhol died and nearly two decades before Facebook was launched. 

"As much as I try to make every picture the same, I fail every day," he said. "There's always something that's a little different, aside from the aging process."

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Jennifer Williams at Moss Arts Center | Virginia Tech

We are pleased to share that gallery artist, Jennifer Williams, is included in the group exhibition Artists and Architecture: Projection/Convergence/Intersection. This exhibition is currently on view at the Moss Arts Center located at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and will be on view until April 1st. 

"This projection, convergence, and intersection of architectural images into alternate pictorial realities also characterizes Jennifer William’s site-speci c photographic installation, Blacksburg Unfurled (2016-2017). Created specically for this exhibition and based on the history, architecture, and community of Blacksburg, this 120-foot long mural installation is composed with hundreds of photographs that the artist took of architectural sites and historic locations in town. She then digitally altered, reconstructed, and composed the architectural images into a dynamic photomontage printed on Photo-tex in a wildly imaginative recon guration of the built environment that speaks to history, memory, and place. 

"Greatest 150 Photobooks"

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Source 88: The Photobook Issue

We are very please to share the news that gallery artist, Mike Mandel's book Evidence, which is a collaboration with Larry Sultan, has been included among the list of the Greatest 150 Photobooks. The book, Evidence, has been awarded as the 2nd Greatest Photobook behind Robert Franks The Americans.

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