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November 5, 2011 - December 7, 2011
Artist's Reception: November 5, 2011 (5 -9 pm)
“One tires of looking at solids. Images are built from within…”Gaston Bachelard

Harris & Ruble ART, Hollywood’s eclectic new gallery, will host the opening of their first autumn exhibition, Condition of the Waters, a series of remarkable photo-reliefs by Anne Troutman, on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 5-9 pm.

Anne Troutman
Condition of the Waters, Bosphorus I, 2011. Archival Photo-relief. 6 1/2" x 10 3/4"

In Condition of the Waters, Anne Troutman culled the imagery seen in her photo-reliefs from her snapshots of bodies of water--rivers & streams, salt ponds & lakes, oceans & seas, and an Olympic swimming pool--to create a synaesthetic, intimate and poetic world,” commented gallery director, Marcella Ruble. By physically assembling each image out of multiple crops, the artist engages a dialogue with digital image-making, suggesting an internal or underlying physicality latent in this fluid visual medium. 

Troutman plays with the notion of photography as a constructive process. While her large-scale works are subtle in their construction and the smaller ones are more pronounced, both suggest the constructed nature of perception and the physicality of visual experience. However, in contrast to the seamless digitally-stitched typologies such as the work of German photographer Andreas Gursky, she challenges the two-dimensional nature of the photograph by un-stitching, re-assembling, and physically layering fragments of a single photograph, imparting depth and sculptural harmony to her subjects. "Like water, digital technology is so fluid, evanescent, so visual,” she says, “that I have to immerse myself in physical processes to slow down, step back, and make room for the internal space of the image to resonate."  

Anne Troutman is an artist and former professor of architecture at SCI-Arc and Chair of Environmental Art at SMCDAA where she taught performance and installation art. She is based in Santa Monica. Her works to date include photo-reliefs, photo-installations, video, artist books, and literary essays on space. Most recently, she has been making photographic reliefs that she develops from found images and her own photographs. While she has exhibited over the past twenty-five years, this is her first solo show of the photo-reliefs.

Harris & Ruble ART is located at 6424 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. In addition to the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, November 5, from 5 -9 pm, the exhibition is on view until December 7. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 1 – 6 pm, or by appointment.