Kala Artists’ Talk: Ethan Turpin and Noah Wilson

Thursday, October 21, 7:00 pm.

Kala presents artists’ talks by Ethan Turpin, recipient of the 2010 Visions from the New California Award and Noah Wilson, 2010 Kala Fellowship, Honorable Mention Awardee.

Kala is proud to welcome Ethan Turpin to our studio as a recipient of the 2010 Visions from the New California Award. Each year six California artists are awarded residencies funded by The James Irvine Foundation. Ethan’s work celebrates the phenomena of perception with an urge to intervene in mass mediums. A tendency toward experimentation and an attention to systems leads him to work across new and old media using the sensibilities of observation and remix. In the on-going series ?Stereocollision?, he digitally collages images and texts from antique stereoviews, giving viewers an immersive 3D experience within scenes reflecting hyper-globalization and humanity?s relationship with nature. Ethan received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1997 and has shown in numerous galleries since, including Edward Cella Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, Robert Tat Photography in San Francisco, and The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. http://www.ethanturpin.com/

Kala congratulates Noah Wilson for his 2010 Kala Fellowship Honorable Mention Award. Noah is a noted Bay Area photographer with work currently presented in ?On View? at  Kala Gallery. Noah’s photographs in ?On View? use landscape imagery appropriated from an archive of early 20th century negatives that he acquired while working as artist in residence at the San Francisco dump, now known as Recology. Many of the negatives he has utilized depict scenes from our National Parks, as well as numerous other locations throughout the American West. These negatives have a nitrocellulose base (a medium used between 1889-1930s, but replaced in the1920s by Kodak ?Safety Film? because of its proclivity to decay and self combust). Due to the unstable nature of this film, the negatives exist in various stages of deterioration and distress. Noah builds each image out of several different scans to create a composite that portrays an image of the place that was photographed as well as the degradation of the film medium. Noah received his BFA from Humboldt State University in 2002 and a MFA from San Jose State University in 2005. His work has been presented at Haines Gallery, Triton Museum, San Jose State University, Headlands Center for the Arts and Morris Graves Museum of Art. Noah is represented by Haines Gallery in San Francisco. http://www.noahmwilson.com/

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