Patrick Painter Inc. currently has an exhibition of works by Bas Jan Ader called “The Studies” at
Bergamot Station that will be on
display through March 9.
This exhibition features never-before-displayed
vintage photographic studies of some of Jan Ader’s most influential works.
Ader (1942-1975) was a Dutch born California-based
artist who mysteriously vanished in 1975 when he set sail on what was to be the
smallest sailboat ever to navigate the Atlantic.
He was in the process of completing the third part of
the project “In Search of the Miraculous.” Now, more than 30 years after his
disappearance at sea, he is more influential than ever before.
In this exhibition, the gallery revisits one of the
initial works of that project by displaying the unseen vintage studies for “In
Search of the Miraculous” (One Night in Los Angeles). This series was first
exhibited in 1975 at the Claire Copley Gallery in Los Angeles and consisted of
18 photographs depicting Ader walking from night until dawn, beginning in the
Hollywood Hills ending at the Pacific Coast.
The studies grasp the same visual imagery as those
photographs from the original series, but these allow the viewer to delve
deeper into the Ader’s photographic romanticism.
In, “I’m Too Sad to Tell You,” Ader’s most poignant and
enigmatic work, the artist reveals himself in the act of crying. This work was
documented through both photographs and video and was performed in 1970 and
1971. In this exhibition, we take a look at vintage studies from the two
performances. The performance was first photographed and printed on postcards
and mailed to Ader’s closest friends with the inscription “I’m too sad to tell
you” on the image. The studies display candid shots from one Ader’s most
personal of works.
Ader graduated from the Otis College of Art and Design
in 1965 with a BFA, and from the Claremont Graduate School in 1967.
After graduating, Ader taught at many institutions,
including Mount San Antonio College and the University of California,
His works have been exhibited at various institutions
including: Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, The Pitzer College Gallery,
Claremont, The Camden Art Centre, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and
Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Ader’s work is also currently on display at the Museo
d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy and will be displayed at the Galerie der
Gegenwart, Hamburg, Tim Van Leere Gallery, Antwerp and the Martin Klosterfede
Gallery, Berlin this summer.
Public viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday from
11am to 6pm. The gallery is located at 2525 Michigan Ave. B2 (Bergamot
Station), Santa Monica.
For more information, call 310.264.5988 or visit patrickpainter.com.
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