Stephanie Vovas: Some Time With You, Nov. 5 – Dec. 3
I was fortunate to get hip to Stephanie Vovas’ work through a friend of mine who is a photography agent and consultant. We met at EVFA gallery downtown, a location that is not really around anything else, but the landscape of downtown Los Angeles is changing so rapidly, this location is awesome — or rather will be in a year or so.
Vova’s photography is in the main gallery. The work seems innocently sensual and provocative at first glance, but in actuality, Vovas’ style of work in this show screams a sort of sexy before a time when sexy could toggle the line of trashy. The tonality of her work is keyed into the trend of the vintage work that is very prevalent now. It speaks to this generation that makes vintage intentionally and with a specific vision preconceived.
Vovas’ engagement with her subjects and editing decisions are also interesting, as her subjects have a doll-like quality. I think I’m saying this based on the eyes of each photograph: Each subject is perfect in some ways and slightly distracted in others. Even having the image ever so slightly out of focus created a desire for me, the viewer, to ask the question, “What’s wrong? Are you ok?” to these almost perfect subjects. In some ways, this body of work played with the idea of pain masked with beauty.
Also in the back of EVFA space is drkrm, presenting “Lowlife,” the work of Scot Sothern. Do not take your kids to this. This work is graphic and immediately raw. It is cynical and dangerous and says so much in such condensed landscape. Sothern immersed headfirst into this sliver of the population unlike most people could never imagine, as a patron, and made photographs with a level of exclusive access that is bold and a little hard to comprehend. The stories behind each image presented weaves in a tremendous amount of texture and background. I particularly liked the brief descriptions but wished they were presented a little better. The tales oozed so much power to the imagery.
November 19, 2011, 9:44 pm
I saw the show too and agree that their is a special, butle subtle, erotic quality to the images that I felt indicated the existence of a frozen thought. The photographer captured that elusive instant when a meaningful expression told a very short story, but an important one. I enjoyed the challenge of interpreting what it was. Very good stuff. I look forward to seeing more of it.
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