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David LaChapelle: Gas Stations
July 9 - September 11, 2016
Renowned photographer David LaChapelle exhibits six large-scale photographs from his Gas Stations series. Inspired in part by Edward Hopper's painting Gas (1940), LaChapelle created scale models using common, found objects, which he then photographed on location in the rainforest of Maui. The natural landscape of the rainforest, itself is a source of fuel and regeneration, overtakes the fabricated structures of the gas stations and assumes a destructive role as well. The work is a commentary on our reliance on fossil fuels and, as he says, "the absurdity of our attempts to harness nature."
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1963, LaChapelle moved to New York City as a teen to pursue his passion for photography. There he met Andy Warhol, who gave him his first job at Interview Magazine. LaChapelle gained notoriety for his celebrity photographs, films, music videos, and commercial work before returning to his roots in fine art photography. For his recent work, LaChapelle draws on popular culture as well as the work of masters from art history, in this case Hopper and Ed Ruscha.
His work can be found in major museums and prestigious collections throughout the world, and he has exhibited extensively at such renowned institutions as Musée D’Orsay, Paris; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The National Portrait Gallery, London; and the Fotographfiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. LaChapelle currently lives and works in Maui, Hawaii.
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