LensScratch.Blogspot - June 8, 2010
"A recent visit to the artwalk in San Pedro, California, brought me to a terrific exhibition, Conjecture, by Larry Wiese at Gallery 478. It runs through August 27th. The exhibition features work from three series, and all share the same characteristics of a selective focus and an intriguing darkness. It's the details that make the images so interesting--glasses, hats, shapes, and taking a contemporary population and making it timeless."
Lenscratch.Blogspot.Com - June 8, 2010
"From Gallery 478: Conjecture is a selection of figurative images befitting his reputation as a poetic maverick, capable of spanning time and space, recognition and memory, with eloquence and conviction. Black and white images, culled from the series Recall, are moody, atmospheric time-stoppers - single or multiple figures appear quietly and completely isolated withing the frame, softened as if recalled. New color images from the Menshen portfolio reveal Wiese utilizing the very deliberate palette of a painter, with spare, almost magical color appearing against lush, dark grounds. Many images border on the abstract with multiple figures seeming to merge into one, or cut against the ground trasforming the picture plane into a self-referential organization of color and shape."
478 West 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
“It is said that the true artist is one who sees what others do not and then make it visible. Larry Wiese understands what it means to be an artist. He lives it, and it is evident in his photographs. So much of photography these days is repetitious and unoriginal, even codified--what is acceptable subject material, how it is supposed to look. And then you come across the photography of Larry Wiese – powerfully seen yet quiet. His images whisper rather than shout. And in each photograph one has the haunting feeling that you are on the edge of hearing a great cosmic secret, of seeing a mystery unfold. He sees what others do not, but it is even more than that. What sets Larry’s work apart and makes him a true artist is not what he sees but how he sees. He gives us new eyes. And this is the highest form of artistry.”
Brooks Jensen, Editor
October 12, 2001
“Larry Wiese has the rare ability to record moments that resonate across boundaries of time and memory. He infuses his images with a sophisticated sense of visual styling and spontaneity without sacrificing the fleeting opportunities for multivalent emotional responses that mark truly fine photography.”
Tim Wride, Curator of Photography
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
November 11, 2001
“Rich in tone and spare in detail, the photographs of Larry Wiese draw one into mysterious spaces, leaving the viewer to explore his/her own interior terrain. A single image has the power to evoke menace, at some times, grace in others. In a recent exhibition, one was struck by the variety of responses to Wiese’s images, but also by the conviction with which people responded. Wiese has worked many years to achieve this maturity of vision. One waits with anticipation to see the next manifestations.”
Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
April 10, 2002
“Larry Wiese, “The Bixby Bridge”, Photograph 1996"
“Wiese’s photography raises the snapping of an image to pure poetry. There is a sense of majesty in the ordinary objects he captures: gas tanks, benches, landscapes, etc. His diffused black and white technique, devoid of human subjects, results in haunting images. In The Bixby Bridge, Wiese renders the graceful, curvilinear white edges set against the bridge’s darkened steel structure. The result is like a fine chiaroscuro line drawing, with the camera painting the abstract beauty of life’s everyday places.”
Roberta Carasso, PhD
“The Geography of Imagination” - Photographs by Larry Wiese
LAHC Fine Arts Gallery September 21 - October 26, 2002
“Larry Wiese’s work is difficult at best. We can’t see anything happening. We (faithful) move closer. The reward is immense, the subject is seeing, and the result is eloquent.”
Ron Linden, Director, Fine Arts Gallery
Los Angeles Harbor College
October 7, 2002
“The first time I saw a portfolio of Larry's images I knew I was seeing a unique vision and craft that was unlike no other. Not only do his photos allow the viewer to focus on subjects with a perspective that is elusive from most photographers, but we can get also get a glimpse of Larry's psyche as well. Add to this a strong value of craft and intention and you have to makings of a solid artistic execution. Not everyone will find his prints "easy" to engage with, but anyone who is remotely visually literate will recognize the integrity and non pandering quality that exudes from the paper. And if you're one that acknowledges the challenge, then the prints will resonate with you as only honest art can.”
Working Theory Press
January 17, 2004
Gallery 478 - June 3 - August 27, 2010
"Larry Wiese's involvement with photography spans more than four decades. Known for darkly spare images that are rich in tone and evocative of both grace and menace. Wiese's work has been widely exhibited, collected, and published in the United States and abroad.
Conjecture is a selection of figurative images befitting his reputation as a poetic maverick, capable of spanning time and space, recognition and memory, with eloquence and conviction. Black and white images, culled from the series Recall, are moody, atmospheric time-stoppers - single or multiple figures appear quietly and completely isolated within the frame, softened as if recalled. New color images from the Menschen portfolio reveal Wiese utilizing the very deliberate palatte of a painter, with apare, almost magical color appearing against lush, dark grounds. Many images border on the abstract with multiple figures seeming to merge into one, or cut against the ground transorming the picture plane into a self-referential organization of color and shape."
Gallery 478 Press Release