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Contributed by Ron Jude on 01/10/2011
Photography Professor Ron Jude will be in Los Angeles this week to open an exhibition of his work at Gallery Luisotti, and to sign copies of his new book, emmett, at Photo LA in Santa Monica.
Gallery Luisotti is pleased to announce Ron Jude’s second solo show in Los Angeles. Jude will exhibit a selection of works from his latest project, emmett. Originally photographed by the artist in central Idaho in the early 1980s and forgotten for nearly three decades, the images in emmett range from hazy scenes of a summertime drag race, midnight horror films on a TV set, and a Nordic-looking teenager who appears as a specter from Jude's past. Reconsidered here as a "new" body of work, these early photographic efforts—vernacular in tone, lacking in irony or pretense, enhanced by cheap filters and telephoto lenses—now resonate with unexpected menace and melancholy, building on Jude's fundamental interest in exposing “the folly of rational thought” through fragmentary photographic narratives.