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Susan Ressler

Executive Order: Images of 1970s Corporate America

October 5 – November 30, 2018

System Development Corporation, Santa Monica, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1980
Honeywell, El Segundo, California, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1980
Cloud Break, Los Angeles, 1978, vintage gelatin silver print
Wednesday, from American Business Interiors
Trellis Enterprises, from the Los Angles Documentary Project
from American Business Interiors, 1977-78
Central Bank, from American Business Interiors
Central Bank, San Diego, from American Business Interiors
Atlantic Richfield, Los Angeles, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1980
Pacific Design, from American Business Interiors
Reel/Grobman and Associates, Newport Beach, California, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1980
Filmways, Los Angeles, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1980
The Capital Group Inc, Los Angeles, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1980
Northrop Corporation, from the Los Angels Documetary Project
Chrome, from American Business Interiors
Riding High, from American Business Interiors
Lawyer, from American Business Interiors
Architectural Digest, Los Angeles, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1979
TRW, El Segundo, California, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1980

Press Release

Susan Ressler

Executive Order: Images of 1970s Corporate America

October 5th – November 30th

reception with the artist: October 20th, from 5-8pm

 

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming solo exhibition, Susan Ressler: Executive Order: Images of 1970s Corporate America.  The exhibition will open October 5th and continue through November 30th, 2018.  A reception will be held with the artist on October 20th from 5-8pm.  A book signing in support of Ressler’s monograph of the same title will take place at the Medium Festival of Photography in conjunction with the gallery exhibition. 

The photographs that form the exhibition depict corporate America between 1977-80, mostly in Los Angeles and the Mountain West.  Unlike many of the other photographers of the 1970s who primarily photographed outdoors, Ressler brought the "New Topographics" aesthetic inside, to survey the environments that lay within.  There, she found signifiers of the new American economy at every turn - symbols of class, gender and racial hierarchies.  Her 35mm camera recorded the wall hangings, furniture styles and various totems of success that surround the rich and powerful.   Visualized to emphasize cool geometric sterility, these photographs critique the underlying social structures enabling wealth and power.    

Susan Ressler is a renowned artist, author, and educator who has been making social documentary photographs for more than forty years.  She is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowships, and is currently Professor Emerita, Purdue University.  Ressler continues to make photographs that critique consumer culture and other socially relevant issues that shape the world, as we know it today. 

In his in-depth contextual essay in Ressler’s book, award-winning author Mark Rice writes that Ressler's images "provide a glimpse inside a rising economic order as they reveal the reception rooms and inner sancta of premier corporate office spaces. They were made at a pivotal point both in the postindustrial shifts of the American economy and in American photography, when a younger generation of photographers grappled with questions of aesthetics and epistemologies. By bringing these photos to audiences now, Ressler provides viewers new ways of understanding the worlds of photography and American corporate culture as they intersected in her lens during the decade that brought us 'modern life.'" 

To request further information or high resolution images please contact Joseph Bellows Gallery at info@josephbellows.com.  Established in 1998, Joseph Bellows Gallery features rotating exhibitions of both historic and contemporary photography, with a special interest in American work from the 20th Century.  More information can be found at: www.josephbellows.com