© Robbert Flick

Robbert Flick

Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce "Robbert Flick: Trajectories".

"Robbert Flick: Trajectories" traces the artist's career from 1969 to the present with selections from three seminal bodies of work: "Midwest Diary", "Arena", and "Sequential Views". "Trajectories" confirms his place in a lineage of artists including Ed Ruscha, Robert Heinecken, and Cathy Opie, for whom the city of Los Angeles is an enduring source of inspiration. LACMA Director Andrea L. Rich praises Flick's work as "an accessible yet complex art that is visually challenging, uniquely conceptual, and technologically daring." This exhibition follows the recent success of the artist's major retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The strikingly spare "Midwest Diary" compositions belie the complexity of the series as a whole. As he chronicled expanses of farmland and lonely stretches of road, Flick explains that he was looking for "moments in time where the parts would illuminate not just that specific moment, or a specific place, but the collective experience of coming to, stopping and moving past that place."

From 1977 to 1979, Flick documented a parking garage near his studio for the "Arena" series. By framing the industrial surfaces with unyielding precision, Flick transforms it from banal urban presence into an intricate study of light, shadow, and geometry - and a site of unexpected beauty. LACMA Curator Tim B. Wride acknowledges that the garage was "a self-contained environment in which traces of geographic, temporal, and spatial change could be mapped."

Increasingly dissatisfied with the single frame as "the carrier of information and the definer of context," Robbert Flick developed a breakthrough grid format termed "Sequential Views". Although he began the series using a traditional still camera, "L.A. Documents" marked his first experiments with digital media. Flick mounts a videocamera at a 90-degree angle in his car window to capture stills while driving through Los Angeles. These vivid color photographs are printed in large-scale grids, cataloguing the juxtaposition and fragmentation of the urban landscape. Flick explains that by "tracing these trajectories and parallel passages through Los Angeles the evolution and changing d emographics of the metropolis are revealed."

Robbert Flick was born in 1939 in Amersfoot, The Netherlands. He is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, a Getty Scholar, a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient and was awarded a COLA grant by the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

A new monograph published by LACMA/Steidl will be available at the gallery during the exhibition.

Exhibition: April 28 - June 18, 2005
Gallery hours: Tue-Sat 11am - 6pm

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