ALEXANDRA GRANT SHADOWS
Ochi Gallery is pleased to present Shadows, an exhibition in our project space of photographic works by Alexandra Grant. The work will be on view July 2nd through August 6th with an opening reception Thursday, July 7th from 4-7 pm.
For this series Grant collaborated with actor and writer Keanu Reeves, The Lapis Press and Steidl Publishing to produce a striking collection of images that explore the concept of the shadow. Through a series of dramatic photographs, Grant captures Reeves’ silhouette in a sequence of movements where his figure often blurs beyond the point of recognition, causing the final images to border on abstraction. After the shoots with Reeves, Grant manipulated the images to invert the images black for white, making the shadow itself the source of light. Despite their mysterious and elegant qualities, the images are narrative and figurative, supported by Reeves’s poetic texts in the titles and accompanying book. Hauntingly beautiful, the images are also playful, allowing the viewer to sense the intimacy and exchange in the collaborative relationship between subject and artist.
Printed at a large scale on velour paper at Steidl Publishing in Germany, the photos possess a remarkable surface. Also published by Steidl is a book of Grant’s photos accompanied by texts written by Reeves. Additionally, The Lapis Press produced a suite of smaller scale, limited edition color prints.
Alexandra Grant is a Los Angeles-based artist who uses language, literature and exchanges with writers as the basis for her work in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Grant’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), among other museums and galleries. She has collaborated with artists and writers including philosopher and playwright Hélène Cixous, hypertext pioneer Michael Joyce, and actor and writer Keanu Reeves.
Keanu Reeves, born in 1964 in Beirut, is a celebrated actor and writer. Reeves’ many films include My Own Private Idaho (1991), Speed (1994), The Matrix (1999), 47 Ronin(2013) and John Wick (2014). His theatrical roles include an acclaimed portrayal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Manitoba Theatre Centre (1995). Reeves is also an esteemed producer and director, whose recent projects include Side by Side (2012) andMan of Tai Chi (2013).
In 1967 Gerhard Steidl began working in Germany as a designer and printer, what began as a backyard enterprise has evolved into one of the worlds most sophisticated and distinguished printing and publishing companies.
The Lapis Press was founded in 1984 by artist Sam Francis and is committed to publishing work with important emerging and established artists.