TACOMA, Wash. – The exhibition For You! in Kittredge’s Small Gallery premieres selections from photographer John Arsenault’s newest body of work.
The images in the exhibition reveal Arsenault’s fascination with the mundane and how the unexpected can be amplified by readily accessible digital technology. Using the Instagram app, Arsenault isolates exquisitely beautiful details of flowers, adding a 21st-century twist to 19th-century precedents and ideas about art and aesthetics.
Arsenault began working as a photographer in New York, moving to Los Angeles in 2010, drawn by the opportunity to shoot with natural light year-round. He has pursued a variety of projects from an ongoing self-portrait series to a collaborative project with artist Adrian Gilliland, who creates paintings inspired by Arsenault photographs of sites they’ve chosen around southern California.T
The images on view at Kittredge Gallery are from a series titled For You!, a collection of flower images taken around Los Angeles. Arsenault has said of this work: “I’ve always loved taking photographs of flowers because it reminds me of my late grandmother Elizabeth and is a way for me to honor her and my family roots.” The exhibition was organized by Rock Hushka, curator of contemporary and Northwest art, Tacoma Art Museum.
Arsenault received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1999. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York, as well as Rhode Island, Arizona, and Massachusetts, including shows at the Tucson Museum of Art and Art Institute of Boston. He has had solo exhibitions at The Driskel Gallery and Larry Collins Fine Art, both in Provincetown, Mass., and at Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art and ClampArt, New York City. A traveling exhibition of his work, On the Road of Life, premiered in Provincetown, then traveled to Los Angeles, Miami, and Park City, Utah, in 2004. His work is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kan., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the gallery; John Arsenault will be attending. This reception is free and open to the public. Arsenault will be offering a gallery talk on his work, Thursday, March 13 at 5 p.m. in Kittredge Gallery.
Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the art department and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public. Please note: The gallery will be closed Monday, March 17, through Saturday, March 22, for spring break.
March 12, 5 to 7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery
Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
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Photo on page: For You! 1:22 pm, Los Angeles, CA. Courtesy of John Arsenault and Clampart, New York.
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