Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Friedkin’

Preview: Stay Cool, Anthony Friedkin, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Gallery on August 13, 2018 at 11:00 am
large wave face in sun by Anthony Friendkin

Large Wave Face in Sun, Zuma Beach, CA, 2000, by Anthony Friedkin via Joseph Bellows Gallery

The dog days of summer will get anybody down, but true beach bums will swoon at the chance to catch the perfect wave. For ocean lovers, surf aficionados, and black and white photography lovers, Joseph Bellows exhibit of transcendental wave photos are worth a look.

Anthony Friedkin’s tonally rich black and white images of the Pacific Ocean depict the force and the quietude of its waveforms. Each wave is pictured isolated and unique, while suggesting the larger context of the surrounding ocean. The resulting photographs reveal the momentum, formal beauty and reflective grace of the surf.

As one looks at the photographs, it becomes clear that the artist is observing and understanding the waves as both photographer and surf rider. The images included in the exhibition are part of a larger project that spans several decades of recording the ocean and its culture.

Friedkin’s photographs are in the collections of numerous institutions including: the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. Monographs by Friedkin include: Time Keeper (2003) and the Gay Essay (2014), both with introductions by Julian Cox.

Anthony Friedkin’s aquatic essay will be up with other summer selections at Joseph Bellows through the end of August.

For More Information: Joseph Bellows Gallery

Preview: The Wave Portfolio, Anthony Friedkin, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm
Silver Curl, Hermosa Beach, CA, Anthony Friedkin, 2005

Silver Curl, Hermosa Beach, CA, Anthony Friedkin, 2005

Mother Nature captivates us all every chance we take the time to look around. The power and wisdom within the trees. Clouds lazily adrift in the sky. At the ocean, waves might be the most pristine, sculpted and effortless entrance into chaos seen with regularity. The water looks peaceful and harmless, yet you know that another crash of whitewater isn’t far behind. Anthony Friedkin has captured this majesty within The Wave Portfolio. 

As a visual artist working in the medium of photography, it has been my desire to explore the creative and challenging possibilities of photographing waves. These photographs of ocean waves were selected from a photo essay I have been working on since 1977. It represents a very personal interpretation of more than forty-five years as a surfer and disciple of the sea. I wanted to express my feelings about the ocean – and beyond.

Many scholars believe the ocean represents our unconscious. The sound of a wave breaking underwater is like the clamor of creation itself, loud, thunderous, yet strangely harmonic and soothing. I do believe the ocean, with its jewel like waves, is where we came from; and when I’m in the water, I feel like I’m connecting to something so mighty and so primordial it’s amazing. All the mysteries of life and death, light and darkness, space and time, are to be found there. By photographing the ocean waves I hope to reveal their secrets within.

A selection of twenty, 11 x 14 inch gelatin silver prints from Anthony Friedkin’s epic Surf Essay. Produced in an edition of thirty-five, with an introduction by the artist and housed in a custom clamshell box. $15,000

For those with deep pockets, this may be a collection worth the splurge.

More Information: Joseph Bellow Gallery