Flash: Steve Rowell

Parallelograms


California Museum of Photography

October 1, 2016 - March 18, 2017


Fall Reception

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6pm - 8pm



The California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock presents FLASH: Steve Rowell, featuring a new video by the Los Angeles-based artist. Parallelograms (2015) documents the covert and often extremist agencies, Political Action Committees (known as “PACs”), and lobbying groups that shape the physical and political landscape of Washington, DC. As Rowell’s camera pans across banal building exteriors, disembodied outgoing voicemail recordings narrate each inconspicuous site. The rhythmic montage of sound and image steadily builds with an increasing resonance. Without offering an explicit narrative, Rowell nevertheless invites the viewer to explore intersections among political power, industry, and corporate finance.


Kevin M. Esterling, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs at UCR, will guest author an original essay to accompany the exhibition.


Flash! contemporary art series features single works made within the last year. The exhibitions are presented on the third floor of the CMP. FLASH: Steve Rowell is the fourteenth exhibition in the series.


Image: Steve Rowell, Koch Industries Government Relations, 600 14th Street NW Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20005, Production still from Parallelograms, 2015 (detail). Courtesy of the artist.