TERRI LOEWENTHAL: Psychscapes

Terri Loewenthal, Psychscape 18 (Banner Ridge, CA), 2017, 42 x 56 inches, Archival pigment print

Exhibition Dates: March 2-April 21, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2 from 6-8PM

Gallery Hours: Friday-Saturday, 12-6PM and by appointment
1217 B Fell Street, San Francisco | www.cultexhibitions.com

CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is pleased to present Terri Loewenthal: Psychscapes, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from March 2 through April 21, 2018. An artist reception will take place on Friday, March 2 from 6 until 8 PM.

Terri Loewenthal investigates the sublime expanse of land and sky romanticized in the still-potent mythology of Utopian California with her new series Psychscapes. Using the California landscape, she continues her exploration of the medium of photography, specifically drawing attention to the relationship between illusion and materiality. These single-exposure, in-camera compositions utilize optics developed by the artist, to compress space instead of time. The results are complex evocative environments of saturated colors and a disorienting configuration of foreground and background, that reference the history of romantic landscapes while peering into the psychology of perception.

California has long been a subject for landscape photographers such as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Weston and countless others. The granite domes, pine forests, expansive desert hills and gushing streams have drawn creatives and intellectuals with an appreciation for wild spaces and a penchant for the mysterious unknown. Prior to the more obvious cultural explosion of the 1960s, Bohemian Californians were cultivating an alternative lifestyle in reverence to Nature’s wildness, that would come to influence later ecological movements and the culture at large.

Immersion in nature, and an appreciation for the free spirit, have consistently been a catalyst in Terri Loewenthal’s work. Prior to this series, the artist was known for her serendipitous images portraying her own community of contemporary Bohemians in intimate spaces and in the landscape. Psychscapes brings the artist full circle to where her photography practice began—inhabiting wild spaces. In this current era of disappearing and threatened lands, Loewenthal ventures into the vastness of California’s parks and summits, examining the captivating hold of this terrain and it’s complex ideology.

Standing in front of the works, one is brought to the sensation of beholding a vista in all its glory. Her capture of daylight’s theater of light against a geometry of mountain vista alludes to a hallucinogenic or kaleidoscopic viewing of landscape. Through this technique, Loewenthal showcases an elemental spirit of California. Beyond celebrating the simple beauty of the state’s landscape, the artist pushes the imagery into deeper realms of an apparition, positing an aesthetic notion of Arcadia. The perceived idealism of these surreal environments nods to both aura photography and the distorted experience of psychedelia, long-associated with California. The images reside at the nexus of fantasy and a heightened sense of familiarity, as viewers are met with distorted perspectives of the landscapes. The artist shares these images with the intent to inspire deeper awareness and appreciation for the preservation of wild spaces.

The artist and gallery are donating a percentage of profits to The Nature Conservancy to protect the environment in California and beyond. For more information or to preview works, contact the gallery.

About the artist: Terri Loewenthal has exhibited at diverse venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA) and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA). Her work is included in many private collections. She is also founder of The Chetwood, a residency program that provides housing for artists visiting the Bay Area. Loewenthal is a frequent collaborator with the Bay Area arts organization Creative Growth (Oakland, CA). She has a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in Houston, Texas and is originally from Washington, D.C. and South Florida.

Installation Photos | Individual Works

TERRI LOEWENTHAL, Psychscape 18 (Banner Ridge, CA), 2017, Archival Pigment Print, 42 x 56 inches
TERRI LOEWENTHAL, Psychscape 69 (Tonopah, NV), 2017, Archival Pigment Print, 56 x 42 inches
TERRI LOEWENTHAL, Psychscape 41 (Lundy Canyon, CA), 2017, Archival Pigment Print, 40 x 30 inches
TERRI LOEWENTHAL, Psychscape 26 (Rock Garden, CA), 2017, Archival Pigment Print, 40 x 30 inches
TERRI LOEWENTHAL, Psychscape 48 (Lookout Mountain, CA), 2017, Archival Pigment Print, 40 x 30 inches
TERRI LOEWENTHAL, Psychscape 73 (Downs, Mount, CA), 2017, Archival Pigment Print, 40 x 30 inches
TERRI LOEWENTHAL, Psychscape 78 (Obsidian Dome, CA), 2017, Archival Pigment Print, 40 x 30 inches

Current

TERRI LOEWENTHAL: Psychscapes
March 2 - April 21, 2018

Offsite: New York

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life 2
April 7 - May 26, 2018

Past

VECINOS
October 27, 2017 - January 20, 2018

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life
January 10 – March 4, 2017

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Release Me
October 21 - December 10, 2016

NO SHOW MUSEUM: Yves Klein, Maria Eichhorn, Daniel Knorr, Etc.
One Night Only: Monday, October 17, 2016

DESIRÉE HOLMAN: Selected Works
September 17 - October 8, 2016

SHE MOONAGE DAYDREAM:
Facundo Argañaraz, Leah Guadagnoli, Desirée Holman, Kara Joslyn, Max Maslansky, Liz Robb, Tamra Seal, Emily Weiner, & Cate White

July 16 - August 20, 2016

PABLO DÁVILA: Ladies & Gentlemen,
We Are Floating In Space

May 13 - July 9, 2016

MASAKO MIKI: Conversations with Fox, Feather, and Ghost
March 4 - April 30, 2016

SUZY POLING: Total Internal Reflection
January 15 - February 27, 2016

DAN GLUIBIZZI: You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight
November 6 – December 19, 2015

FRANCESCO IGORY DEIANA: Haptic Render
September 11- October 31, 2015

SEXXXITECTURE: Daniel Gerwin, Rebekah Goldstein, Roman Liška, Max Maslansky, May Wilson & Jake Ziemann
July 1 - August 1, 2015

ADAM SORENSEN: In Situ
May 1 - June 27, 2015

KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT: Village / High Hills
February 27 - April 25, 2015

PRINCE RAMA: How To Live Forever
January 25 – February 21, 2015

JOSEPH DUMBACHER & JOHN DUMBACHER: Divert (Out of Line)
November 7, 2014 – January 16, 2015

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger
September 12 – November 1, 2014

A PATTERN LANGUAGE: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson & Lena Wolff
June 20 - July 19, 2014

MICHELLE BLADE: Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014

MIGUEL ARZABE: /*Reject Algorithms*/
March 7 – April 19, 2014

JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON: Drawings
March 7 – April 19, 2014

FRITZ CHESNUT: Purr Valley
& Rhonda Holberton

January 10 - February 22, 2014

UNSEEN: Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea Mckenna & Dean Smith
November 10 - December 21, 2013

Past Off-Site Exhibitions

LAS COSAS QUE PINTAN / PAINTING IN AN EXPANSIVE FIELD
Works by Miguel Arzabe & Juan Sorrentino

April 9 – May 17, 2015

EBB: Gina Borg and Chris Russell at Loczi Design
December 10, 2014