Larry Clark & Kohei Yoshiyuki at Presentation House Gallery

Larry Clark, Dead 1970, 1968, Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

Larry Clark: Tulsa
Saturday, September 10 at 8pm

Presentation House Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of vintage gelatin silver prints by photographer Larry Clark. The series of photographs on display graphically documents Clark’s exploration of the underworld of drug use, sex and violence in his hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1963 to 1971. Clark first gained notoriety when these images were compiled as a photo essay in his independently published 1971 book Tulsa. Now regarded as a classic photography project, Tulsa has been acclaimed as a powerful and highly personal social documentary, still emulated by art and fashion photographers alike—a reputation due in no small part to its enduring capacity to shock. The sleazy and poignant aspects of the lives portrayed draws the viewer into a prurient and compassionate relationship with the images.

Forty years later, the Tulsa photographs have not lost their impact. Shot using available light, Clark’s images range from shadowy black and white nighttime scenes of heroin injection to portraits of small-time thugs with guns, the compounded bleakness of which is only offset by the occasional teenage makeout session. His striking refusal to moralize allows for the invasive camera to capture an intimacy only possible between peers in a social scene. The exhibition will also include a projection of a 16 mm film from 1968 shot in the midst of this scene that Clark only recently unearthed. This is the first time this film has been shown in Canada.

Clark’s enduring fascination with teenage life and marginal lifestyles has also been the focus of his feature-length films, such as the groundbreaking Kids of 1995. His film of 2005, Wassup Rockers, will be screened in conjunction with the exhibition. This compelling look at a group of skateboarding youths of Guatemalan and Salvadoran descent in South Central Los Angeles as they cope with daily life in a neighbourhood overrun by gang violence is both fact and fiction.

The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver

Clark lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. He continues to exhibit his artwork worldwide and to produce feature-length films. His work is included in the collections of major museum collections. Recent exhibitions include: Kiss the Past Hello at Musée D’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, and Teenage Lust, New York. The prints for this exhibition are on loan from the Washington Art Consortium Collection: Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman; Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane; Seattle Art Museum; Tacoma Art Museum; Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham; Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham. The Tulsa film is courtesy of Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York.

The Grove Press edition of the Tulsa book will be available in the Presentation House Gallery bookstore.

Kohei Yoshiyuki, Untitled, 1971, From the series The Park, Gelatin Silver Print © Kohei Yoshiyuki. Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park
Saturday, September 10 at 8pm

Presentation House Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of gelatin silver prints by Kohei Yoshiyuki. The series of images on display, collectively titled The Park, were taken at night in the vicinity of Tokyo from 1971 to 1979 and capture sexual encounters between straight and gay partners, and the voyeurs who stalked them. The ghostly overexposed look of The Park results from the infrared film and filtered flash that Yoshiyuki used to disguise his presence. Indeed, a striking aspect of the images is how the photographer captured the absorption of his subjects in their illicit activities without disturbing them.

Originally a commercial photographer, Yoshiyuki became fascinated by the prevalence of outdoor sex in Japan, and the voyeuristic onlookers it attracted, after stumbling onto one such scene while walking home from a shoot in the early 1970s. The first results of his forays into the bushes of Shinjuku, Yoyogi and Aoyama parks were published in the magazine Weekly Shincho in 1972 and several book versions of The Park series were published in the early 1980s, one of which will be included in the exhibition. Shot surreptitiously and blindly in the dark, these mysterious images are meditations on surveillance that implicate not only the photographer and his subjects, but also the gallery viewer who spys on the scenes. These photographs speak of the cultural anxieties provoked by surveillance which today has become so much a part of daily life.

Kohei Yoshiyuki was born in 1946 in Japan, where he currently lives and works. Recently, The Park has been shown internationally at the 2008 Berlin, Gwangju Biennales and in important exhibitions and publications such as Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870(San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern, London) and Night Vision: Photography after Dark (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). His photography is represented in many important museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The prints in this exhibition are on loan from Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Presentation House Gallery’s bookstore will have a limited number of the 2007 edition of The Park published by Hatje Cantz.

Presentation House Gallery
333 Chesterfield Avenue
North Vancouver BC V7M 3G9

Gallery Hours
Wednesday to Sunday, 12–5 pm / Entrance by Donation

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