Interview with John Divola

Posted to Exhibitions, Kunstformidling on 08.11.2016, 14:41 by Susanne Roald with

"These photographs are not meant to be documents of painting, or sculpture, or even of environmental works. When photographing the space I saw my painting as only an aspect of what was there." –John Divola

In the late 1970s John Divola researched new possibilities within photography, exploring Los Angeles' scenery and architecture. His works from the Zuma-series (1978) and Intervention A (2007) displayed in the exhibition Los Angeles – A Fiction, demonstrate this. In series such as Vandalism and Zuma he broke into an abandoned beach house, made interventions in the architecture with spray paint, and documented this by photography. By doing so, Divola combined the documentary photography and landscape genre with elements of performative actions and painterly gestures.

Through open windows in the dilapidated houses in the Zuma-series from 1978, one can get a glimpse of colorful skies and sunsets, capturing the light and landscape conditions Californian artists have treated since the beginning of the 1900s.

Watch the video interview with John Divoa at Astrup Fearnley Museet


The exhibition Los Angeles – A Fiction is on view at Astrup Fearnley Museet until 22 January 2017.

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