Cantrell at Kinkead

This saturday from 6-9PM, Heather Cantrell will be taking over Kinkead Comtemporary as part of her Study in Portraiture exhibition series, this being Act I. The gallery has been transformed into a photo studio, where subjects are also somewhat transformed.

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“…members of the Los Angeles art community will be invited to participate in the performative act of having their portrait taken. Using hand-painted backdrops and a variety of costume and prop materials, Cantrell pushes her role as a director, embracing ideas of the theater, by making each exhibition of A Study in Portraiture an act in a play (hence the titling “Act I” and “Act II” etc.) where each individual has the ability to realize and portray a character. Referencing West African photographers Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibe as well as the 18th century society portraits of British painter Thomas Gainsborough, she addresses the subject’s complicity in constructed identity and the role the artist also has in creating this.”

I had the opportunity to see some of these photos and had my own taken as well and can attest this is going to be a great exhibition well worth attending. The opening is Saturday in Culver City but the show runs through July 18th in case you can’t make it but want to check it out at a later date.