Limited edition prints by James Welling, John Chervinsky, Lucas Foglia, Irina Rozovsky and signed copies of Peter Mitchell’s Strangely Familiar are available through Light Work’s 2014 Subscription Programme. Running for over 40 years, Light Work is an artist-run, not-for-profit organisation, providing direct support to artists through residencies, publications, exhibitions, and a community-access digital lab facility. Every year the Subscription Programme includes four limited-edition prints, one signed book and a subscription to Contact Sheet, one of the longest-running photography magazines in the world. All of the proceeds go directly back to the supporting photographers.
Influential photographer James Welling is one of the print artists involved in Light Work’s 2014 Programme. His work focuses on the exploration of photography as a practice and he often alters the central elements of the medium to compose distinctive and unique images. Over his career, Welling has experimented with numerous photographic forms, including Polaroids, silver gelatin prints, photograms, and digital prints, always exploring the boundaries between representation and abstraction. The artist is also concerned with cultural and personal ideas of memory in his work, and his innovative approach to photography has influenced an entire generation of practitioners.
Studying at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, Welling received both an B.F.A. and M.F.A. Since graduating he has been represented by David Zwirner and in 2012, James Welling: Overflow marked his fifth solo show at the gallery in New York. In 2013 a major overview of his work, James Welling: Monograph, was organised by the Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio and was accompanied by a large-scale catalogue published by Aperture. He has also been the subject of large international solo exhibitions at Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes and many more. His art is also held in the permanent collections of numerous galleries, such as, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography among others.
In addition to the number of important exhibitions that have celebrated his practice, Welling has also won a number of grants and awards. In 1984 he was awarded a grant in photography by the New York Foundation for the Arts. The following year, he received a National Endowment for the Arts individual artists’ grant for a group of paintings strongly informed by fractal geometry. In 2014, he was named one of the recipients of the prestigious Infinity Award given by the International Center of Photography, New York.
Recognised across the world as an influential and innovative photographer, Welling is now lives and works in Los Angeles and is the Head of Photography at UCLA. His prints hold an important place within the photographic world and are both aesthetically pleasing and theoretically stimulating. A subscription to Light Work would offer a limited-edition print from Welling and a significant piece of art. For more information, visit www.lightwork.org.
1. James Welling prints, courtesy of Light Work.