JOHN DIVOLA

JOHN DIVOLA:
THE HORIZON, AND THINGS IN THE WAY

WORKSHOP CONFIRMED. REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED.

JOHN DIVOLA: THE HORIZON, AND THINGS IN THE WAY
AUGUST 15-17, 2022, BOWEN ISLAND, BC


I am offering a three-day workshop this summer, Aug 15-17th. The location is FOTOFILMIC on Bowen Island just north of Vancouver. It looks like an exceptional location. It will be an opportunity for a small number of people to hang out together for discussion of my work, your work, the medium, art, where it has been and where it might be heading. Intimate, non-academic, discussion of art and how one might effectively integrate the practice into one’s life. I don’t have all of the answers but I have now taught the medium for over 40 years and I have been a practicing artist longer. And I have some ideas.” John Divola

In his 3-day workshop John will offer the unique opportunity to a small group of photographers and visual artists to engage first-hand with him discussing his 40+ years career as one of contemporary photography’s most iconic artists working today. Participants will also have the chance to present their own work and receive invaluable feedback from John and the group. Conversations will also consider core issues related to the medium’s increasingly hybridized nature, and examine other recent developments through influential works of late. This intimate format will also offer room for more informal conversations and individual attention in a relaxed, convivial setting. Participants should be prepared to have their work discussed from different perspectives, and be able to articulate a few key influences.


Note: This program is limited to 10 participants only.


Banner image © John Divola, from the series Blue with Exceptions, 2021.

© John Divola, from the series Blue with Exceptions, 2021.

© John Divola, from the series Blue with Exceptions, 2021.

© John Divola, George Air Force Base, Daybreak, 3-2019_4, 2019.

© John Divola, George Air Force Base, Daybreak, 4_2020_10, 2020.

ABOUT JOHN DIVOLA


© John Divola, Self-portrait, 2020

 

 

John Divola received a B.A. from California State University, Northridge in 1971 and completed his M.F.A. from University of California, Los Angeles in 1974. Divola’s career spans four decades, focusing on the conceptions and limitations of photography. Although the photographer has a fascination with physical objects that range from buildings to landscapes, his concerns are purely conceptual as they challenge the boundaries between fiction and reality, the abstract and the specific. In his Vandalism (1973-75) series, Divola comments on the role of the photographer as synonymous to the graffiti artist, making his own marks and emulsions in an abandoned building. His fascination with inhabitable houses led him to Zuma (1997), a body of work that documents the man-made interiors of buildings that are corroded and vandalized in contrast to the exterior of sunsets and shorelines. The physical relationship between man-made interventions and its immediate surroundings emphasize the distance between image and reality. Photographing manipulated and inhabitable environments and applying his own interventions, Divola explores the relation between real and artificial representations of the image. For Divola, photography functions as a transcendental medium, accommodating performance and manipulation of perception.

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