The Chance Chronicles: Ann Mitchell – Opens 6-9 pm, Saturday, October 22
The Chance Chronicles: Ann Mitchell
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 6-9 pm
Artist’s Talk and Closing Reception: Saturday, November 12, 4-6 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 22 – November 12, 2016
Please join us for The Chance Chronicles, a solo exhibition by Ann Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell is a Los Angeles based photographer whose work ‘created a bridge between analog and digital’ more than a decade ago, developing the psychological territories of her potent imagery. Derived from meditation, The Chance Chronicles explore the deep processes of intuition played out in process and material.
This series began with the title, The Chance Chronicles, because the images were inspired by a series of randomly selected prompts. Starting with a large set of Buddhist meditations I would randomly select one to write about each day. Through this process an image would “arrive” and then I would start the process of creating it. The concept of randomness and chance interested me in that I was both giving up control and having faith in where the process would lead me. I allowed chance to take me on a journey.
When I first imagined these images I wanted them to feel as if I was gazing at them from inside a great storm…probably that’s what my life felt like at the time. For the past four years I’d been working in color, but I’ve always been drawn to monochromatic imagery for its narrative qualities. I’m also exploring an aesthetic far removed from the current deadpan vogue – with a nod to popular culture, this “instagrammed visual choice is part of the vocabulary I want to use. Scanning the glass from a set of vintage proof frames gave me the textures and created a bridge between analog and digital.
These are the stories that came to me by chance…my hope is that the viewer can find their own stories in them as well.
Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday, 1-6 pm.
1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033