The gallery explains: “Since it now exists only in memory, Crow’s Field is impossible to document, yet Kaur accesses it by subverting the traditional photographic genres of still life, landscape, and portraiture. Through the process Crow’s Field serves as a metaphor for creating a new type of photograph, one that partially embodies both the real and the surreal. As they subtly dislocate time and space, these ephemeral images de-center classical narrative structures. The results are a group of atmospheric pictures that invite the viewer to participate in finishing each story.
Permeated by everyday natural elements, almost too strange to believe, Kaur creates an otherworldly stream-of-consciousness meditation on memory through the uncanny nature of photographs. A freshly caught octopus on a fishing boat becomes a still life; a girl and her dog morph into a chimera at rest; a sunflower transforms into a baroque abstraction. Underneath these familiar and lush exteriors a sense of uneasiness gnaws away at Kaur’s most cherished attachments. It’s not that she can’t go home again; it’s that home was never exactly what she thought it was.”
About – Siri Kaur received her MFA in Photography from California Institute of the Arts in 2007, and an MA in Italian Studies (2001) and BA in Comparative Literature (1998) from Smith College. Kaur was the recipient of the Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial Purchase Prize in 2011. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, including solo shows at Blythe Projects and USC’s 3001 galleries in Los Angeles, and group shows at the Torrance Museum of Art, California Institute of Technology, and UCLA’s Wight Biennial. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, art ltd., The L.A. Times, and The Washington Post, and is housed in the permanent collections of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maine. She lives and works in Los Angeles, where she also serves as Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design.
Siri Kaur "Crow's Field" . 11 March – 22 April, 2017 . 2766 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA. kopeikingallery.com