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Photography without Tears: A Conversation between Farrah Karapetian and Marco Breuer

  • Location:
    Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90027, US

Farrah Karapetian is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with cameraless photography in a sculptural field. She believes in transparency of process, and in the capacity of photography to communicate the marks of its making. Her work raises questions of the nature of—and difference between—abstraction and representation, pictorial and sculptural space, and the experience of control and surrender.

Marco Breuer is a German artist who makes photographic works by scratching, scraping, burning, and folding—among other techniques. He strips the act of photography down to essentials—light-sensitive paper and mark—rejecting conventional photographic practices in favor of the endless pitch between chance and control.

Come see what they have to say to each other.

Farrah Karapetian took her BA in fine art from Yale University (2000) and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (2008). She has been a MacDowell Fellow (2010) and an artist-in-residence at the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War (2009) and earned a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her blog Housing Projects (2012). Upcoming exhibitions include Flint Public Art Project, funded in part by grants from Artplace and the Center for Cultural Innovation, OCMA Pan-Pacific Triennial, and LA Louver's Rogue Wave.

Breuer is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2006) and a Japan-US Friendship Commission/NEA Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship (2005), among other awards. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. Breuer received his academic training at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt (1988-92) and the Lette-Verein Berlin (1986-88) in Germany. He now lives in Upstate New York. The exhibition Marco Breuer: Now and a Half, will be on view at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art beginning April 25 until June 8.