Owen Kydd

Artist lecture Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Yucca Color Shift, 2012 [Video Still]

Los Angeles-based artist Owen Kydd is perhaps best known for his “durational photographs,” video works that run four to six minutes and present near static segments of time that slowly reveal elements of movement or change. Made with the digital camera’s video function and displayed on high-definition LED monitors typically used for commercial signage, his perpetually-looping photographic videos untether photography’s association with discrete time while taking advantage of the medium’s ability to describe the world with compelling precision. While one typically relies on images and objects for narrative cues, these works only offer up small pieces of information, rendering them as seemingly variegated or endless territories. Borrowing subjects from traditional photographic genre, Kydd’s images function as still lifes that propagate the familiarity and generality of photographs while allowing them to hover in a temporally enigmatic zone.

Kydd was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1975. He received his Bachelor’s degree in film and art from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and a Master’s degree from UCLA. His work has been widely exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery in British Columbia, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea, among other venues and institutions.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.