ARTIST AS MUSE; HIERONYMUS BOSCH GETS HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVER IN LORI POND’S “BOSCH REDUX”
OPENS AT GALLERY 825 (LAAA) WITH A RECEPTION ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, 6-9 PM; ON VIEW THROUGH OCTOBER 12TH, 2018
(Los Angeles, California) – It is no surprise that in 2016, on the five-hundredth-year anniversary of one of the Northern Renaissance’s greatest painters Hieronymus Bosch’s death, tens of thousands of visitors, fans, and scholars alike flocked from all corners of the globe to the small, southern Netherlandish city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Here they were to take part in the city-sanctioned celebration of “its most famous son”. The city which had culled all of the artist’s known works into one exhibit hall, and programmed a bevy of connected events to much fanfare, brought attention the region’s unmistakable historical style and Bosch’s lasting impact on artist’s extending to the Surrealists and even 1970’s psychedelic cartoonists.
Among those taking in the festivities was Los Angeles photographer Lori Pond, who discovered Bosch as a teen, “There is so little known about him –what he believed in , what he thought, who he was.” Captivated both by the artist’s fantastical visualizations and inscrutably ambiguous displays of human drama, the exhibit was an occasion to maybe see something she hadn’t. What transpired was the “…realization that his work is all a morality play; his works address concepts of good and evil what happens to humans when they sin.” Upon returning, Pond gathered materials, friends, props, and prosthetics to reconstruct fragments of Bosch’s most famous work The Garden of Earthly Delights. What follows is equal parts remixing of the old into something contemporary albeit deconstructed, and an homage to an artist whose limitless imagination was manifest through painstaking attention to detail. Among Pond’s re-constructions, the opening reception event will feature a live costumed model in character playing to the resonance of Bosch’s recent fanfare.
Lori Pond received her Bachelor of Science and Spanish from Indian University, a Master of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at USC. She worked as a graphic designer and live graphics operator for televised events, has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Her work is in the collections of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado, The Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, and Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York and San Francisco. Her Bosch series has been featured in online blogs from Adobe Create to Mental Floss and was featured in Musee Magazine.
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