Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Rosie V.A. - Cathy Opie
The artist I've chosen is photographer Cathy Opie, because we looked at some of her work when I took photography courses at UCLA, specifically her portraits, which I absolutely loved. She has also done work of the streets and freeways in Los Angeles. She is currently a photography professor at UCLA. She was born in Ohio and moved to San Francisco to study photography when she was 18. She moved to Los Angeles in 1989 and worked as a lab technician at UC Irvine until 1994. As her work became more well known, she started working as a photographer teacher at different universities until she accepted a tenured professorship at UCLA. The Guggenheim describer her work as follows - "Since the early 1990s, Catherine Opie has produced a complex body of photographic work, creating series of images that explore notions of communal, sexual, and cultural identity. From her early portraits of queer subcultures to her expansive urban landscapes, Opie has offered profound insights into the conditions in which communities form and the terms in which they are defined. All the while she has maintained a strict formal rigor, working in lush and provocative color as well as richly toned black and white. Influenced by social documentary photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and August Sander, Opie underscores and elevates the poignant yet unsettling veracity of her subjects."