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Apples & Oranges


September 29 – November 3
Opening Reception: Saturday September 29th
6039 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

The Tappan Collective and Prohibition Gallery are pleased to present an exhibition of new photographic work by Clara Balzary and David Kitz.


David Kitz was born in 1987 in Los Angeles, California. He received his BA in Fine Art from UCLA in 2011. For this exhibition, David Kitz presents five large scale photographs from his ongoing series INVISIBLE ENVELOPES. Taking a detour from his more documentary and observational photographic practice, Kitz has turned to a controlled setting wherein he composes his pictures not by shifting his position in relation to his subjects, but through the creation and alteration of the subjects themselves. Inspired by Roland Barthes description of photographs as "transparent envelopes" as invisible vessels for their referents, Kitz has set out to investigate the ways in which one could break these envelopes open or shift their boundaries. In doing so, he constructs still-life arrangements comprised mainly of existing imagery and small three dimensional objects. Using what he has lying around the studio-- old National Geographic magazines, vintage Playboys, fashion ads from catalogues, and other detritus, he layers and builds, bisecting, interrupting, and disrupting original imagery to create shapes, lines, angles, and new borders. Finally, using his 4x5 film camera, he captures the scene beneath, conflating space, confusing depth, and at times creating an illusion of multiple focal planes. The resulting images bridge the usually disparate fields in picture making of still-life and photomontage and in effect, produce a larger envelope within which his subjects reside.


Clara Balzary was born in 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She received her BFA in photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For this exhibition, Balzary presents a group of color photographs taken in rural Iceland earlier this year. Produced by a point and shoot film camera, the images are straightforward, reactionary documents of experiences within the sublime and foreign landscape. Balzary provides highly subjective and diaristic images of a personal experience as a tourist, while at the same time investigating the role of the tourist abroad. These photographs display a concern with the ethereal palate of the landscape, while questioning the context and validity of the traveller’s snapshot.