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DEVON ODER
Ashen Glow

October 22 - November 21, 2010



Fourteen30 Contemporary is pleased to present Ashen Glow, an exhibition of
new work by Devon Oder. Ashen Glow, the Los Angeles based photographer’s
second exhibition with the gallery, will be on view from October 22 through
November 21, 2010.

The black and white prints and cyanotypes within the exhibition were inspired
by ashen light - the faint glow seen emanating from the night side of Venus.
Oder’s photographs set up moments of potentiality; abstract and emotionally
heightened junctures in time. Likewise, the phenomena ashen light is
predicated on the potentiality of comprehending a fathomless occurrence. The
light cast from Venus’ dark side is such a small amount that the person
experiencing it can never be sure if they are truly seeing the cosmic light, or
merely interpreting a reflection from another source. The planetary rotations
and ever-changing atmospheric conditions both play a part in the difficulty of
witnessing the ashen light. The progression of natural and unending cycles
are continually investigated in Oder’s newest body of works; whether they are
planetary rotations, the ending of the seasons, or of the beginning of life and
the passing of death. Oder’s exhibition Ashen Glow confronts the shadow,
examines the mystery of the hidden, the unknown, the cloaked and cryptic
landscape.

The works within Ashen Glow present a pseudo staging of elements in an
ashen, post apocalyptic, landscape where tree caves seduce and entangle,
totemic monuments stand amidst the trees, dismembered parts of unknown
creatures are found decaying. The works are not meant to describe a
landscape or a region; they have deceptive appearances, as in dreams where
time stands still. While certain works on first glance evoke the lineage of
traditional documentary or landscape photography, on further inspection,
double exposures tangle and confuse the viewer’s vision. Unclear whether the
subjects of these photographs are man made or natural, a Neo-Pagan
conception forefront the photographs; the qualities of nature are sacred,
eternal, brooding, and constantly affecting human life. The photographs
investigate these perpetual cycles and allow for this affect to be explored and
experienced.

Devon Oder was born in Pasadena, California in 1981. Her first solo
exhibition, Breaking Light, was the inaugural exhibition at Fourteen30
Contemporary in September 2008, and her work has been included in
exhibitions at Alexys Schwartz Projects and Bonelli Contemporary in Los
Angeles. Oder holds an MFA degree from the Art Center College of Design.



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Tree Cave (Crawler), 2010
Tree Cave (Crawler), 2010
archival inkjet print
25 x 33 inches
Edition of 3 + 2 AP


 
Wishbone, 2010
Wishbone, 2010
cyanotype
15.25 x 17.25 inches


 
Untitled, 2010
Untitled, 2010
cyanotype
15.25 x 17.25 inches


 
Totem, 2010
Totem, 2010
archival inkjet print
37 x 28 inches
edition of 3 + 2 AP


 
Untitled, 2010
Untitled, 2010
cyanotype
15.25 x 17.25 inches


 
Bower, 2010
Bower, 2010
archival inkjet print
22 x 29 inches
Edition of 3 + 2 AP


 
Elephant Graveyard, 2010
Elephant Graveyard, 2010
archival inkjet print
30.5 x 40.5 inches
Edition of 3 + 2 AP


 
Tusk, 2010
Tusk, 2010
archival inkjet print
31 x 23.25 inches
Edition of 3 + 2 AP


 
Arrangement 1, 2010
Arrangement 1, 2010
cyanotype
15.25 x 17.25 inches


 
Batcave, 2010
Batcave, 2010
archival inkjet print
37 x 28 inches
Edition of 3 + 2 AP

 
Double Sunset (Amber), 2009
Double Sunset (Amber), 2009
c-print
28.75 x 39.5 inches
Edition of 3 + 2 AP


 

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