2006 – Benjamin Lord Press Release



DATES: December 1, 2006 – January 6, 2007

RECEPTION: Friday, December 1, 2006, 6 to 8 PM

Apartment 2 is pleased to launch its programming with a new photographic work by Benjamin Lord.

A phosphene is a physical sensation of light caused by something other than light: a physical pressure on the eyeball, an electrical or magnetic field, or a chance firing of cells in the visual system.

Lord’s project situates itself in the space between the eye and the mind, where the commonplace experience of sight breaks down. His suite of stereographic color photographs, presented on a table, narrates the experience of an early explorer of Eaton Canyon, an historic nature preserve at the northern tip of what is today Altadena, a suburb of Los Angeles. Exploding with false colors, retinal after-images, and hallucinatory bursts of blue light, Lord’s photographs collide the conventionalized sublimities of nature photography with the anxious confusion of a neural electrical storm, crossing the boundary between the self and the world.

Benjamin Lord was born in Santa Monica in 1974. He received his MFA from UCLA in 2002. His exhibition Three Stereographic Projects debuted at Hayworth Gallery in Los Angeles last April.

APARTMENT 2 is an artist-run project space providing unusual curatorial and exhibition opportunities to artists. Hours are 11 AM to 5 PM Friday through Saturday and by appointment.


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