January 2, 2003—February 1, 2003 | Reception Thursday, Jan. 2nd, 6-8PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to present the second solo exhibition by Los Angeles photographer Amir Zaki. His work explores the urban landscape through photography, video and sound. Using both public and private space as object, Zaki investigates the physical realities and ambiguities of perception and the mechanics of representation. Exhibited are photographs that consciously explore these issues.
A firm believer in the transformative power of the photographic image, Zaki images are rooted in the history of the medium and uses it to shed light on the means of representation. Over the last 16 years, Zaki has pushed the physicality of the photograph’s two dimensional construct, allowing it to exist on its own and also exploring its own object-ness. In order to capture and record the original site, Zaki’s representations depict the complexity of place in terms of interactive evolving experience, an ongoing ecological intervention. The artist responds to the shifting contemporary landscape where nothing is permanent, constructing his own visual language to illustrate an entire mythology of place.
Amir Zaki lives and works in Southern California. He received his MFA from UCLA in 1999 and has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since graduating. He is a full professor at the University of California at Riverside. His work is included in many museum collections including the Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.