Los Angeles 2003 - 2006
London 3 February - 3 March 2008
Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition of new photographs by the renowned American photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark. Los Angeles 2003-2006 reflects the artist's life-long interest in the subject of today's youth within a marginalized urban environment. In this particular body of work, we witness the physical transformation of Jonathan Velasquez throughout the period of his adolescent years. Jonathan, a teenager living in South Central Los Angeles whom the artist encountered by chance, inspired Clark to write and direct the film Wassup Rockers. In this obsessive four year photographic chronicle of Jonathan's life, we experience not so much the unfolding of a series of portraits but rather the weaving of the subject's personal life within the context of a particular social milieu common to so many of today's urban youth subcultures. Building upon Larry's previous photographic accomplishments beginning with Tulsa, Teenage Lust, 1992, the Perfect Childhood,...