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UCR/California Museum of Photography Offers Up Airy Perspective

“Still, Things Fall From the Sky,” and “Flying” both capture objects and people in the atmosphere

(October 17, 2005)

image by Joel Tauber, looped video projection, from

image by Joel Tauber, looped video projection, from "Still Things Fall from the Sky"

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The UCR/California Museum of Photography is giving Chicken Little a run for his money. Two exhibitions start Saturday, Oct. 22, at the downtown photography museum, and both focus on the sky.
The CMP’s new curator Ciara Ennis organizes both exhibitions.

“Still, Things Fall From the Sky,” brings together a group of varied and compelling works in the form of photography, video, sculpture and drawing to explore the relationship between reality and imagined ideals.

The second exhibition, “Flying,” showcases work from Sachigusa Yasuda in a series of large-scale photographs offering up exaggerated and forced perspectives on familiar landmarks in Manhattan. Both exhibits have their opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 in the main hall at UCR/CMP.

“Still, Things Fall From the Sky” includes work by Ken Fandell, Rob Fischer, Chad Gerth, Brian Kapernekas, Janice Kerbel, Euan Macdonald, Scott Roberts, Cristián Silva, Joe Sola, Christine Tarkowski, Joel Tauber, and Amir Zaki. The exhibition also includes Scott Robert’s “Maquette For a Black Hole,” an immense wormhole of cardbord and tape and Ken Fandell’s “The Sky Above Here,” showing the sky in multiple mural-scale images of the sky seamlessly collaged together.

“The subject of the sky is richly metaphorical and unpredictably vast, and it’s reflected in the artist’s work through ideas that range from mythic to tragic, possible to implausible,” said Ennis.

“Flying” focuses on the work of only one artist.

“It’s the Gotham of comics, the canyons where superheroes swing, climb, and fly,” said Ennis. “The artwork reflects some sinister elements of the city with a series of dizzying and chilling images.”

Both shows run from Oct. 22 to Dec. 31 at the museum, located at 3824 Main Street, on the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Riverside.

Regular Gallery and Museum Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $1 for the general public and free to members, students and seniors. More information is available by phone at 951.784.FOTO or http://www.cmp.ucr.edu on the World Wide Web.
Flying #5, photo by Sachigusa Yasuda

Flying #5, photo by Sachigusa Yasuda

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