Sharon Lockhart

Artist lecture Wednesday, October 05, 2016 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Milena, Jarosław, Poland, 2013, 2014

Sharon Lockhart’s practice is extensive, spanning several decades of immersive, socially-engaged, and research-intensive projects. Her work considers how the quotidian unfolds in front of a camera. She explores the intersections of film and photography—staging still images as one would a film and composing films in the manner of photographs. Often devoid of sentiment, her visual representations are nevertheless deeply humane and intimate in their focus on everyday situations, while reflecting broader global conditions through their historically grounded approach.

Adolescence is a recurring theme in Lockhart’s filmmaking and photography. She captures children at the edge of maturity, self-absorbed in isolated moments of daily life. With a display of stillness and an attention to the awkwardness of adolescence, Lockhart has created images that oppose the stereotypical melodrama used to describe this phase of life. Drawn to the vulnerability and openness of teenagers transitioning into adulthood, she has shown a unique ability to enter others’ lives, gain their trust and affection, and produce images free of judgment or preconception.

Lockhart holds an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been widely exhibited, including solo exhibitions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland. She has been awarded numerous distinctions, including the Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships. Lockhart is on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. She lives and works in Los Angeles.


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.