De Soto Gallery is pleased to present Part 1: Redo, an exhibition of photographs by Sadie Wechsler. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 27 and runs thru April 30, 2016. This is Wechsler's first exhibition with the gallery. She will be in attendance for the opening reception.
Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd.Map
Sadie Wechsler’s quirky fabrications rescript reality like a déjà vu, mining every sci-fi, B-movie trope of our collective imagination. Using various approaches — straight photographs, digital and physical compositing, and layered 3-D dioramas — she makes far-flung locations, like the North Pole or outer space, and well-traveled tourist destinations equally extreme and exotic. Inspired by the language of stock photography, the images have a certain hyperawareness of their place among the world of pictures post-Web 2.0. A feedback loop — us watching ourselves watch ourselves.
For Wechsler, the jumble of fact and fantasy in the retelling of our stories is where the real truth emerges, and photography speaks natively to such a world in flux. Multiplicity is intrinsic, iterations are endless and unreliable, and memory and experience are constantly renegotiated. In Part 1:Redo, nothing is quite right but it’s not completely wrong either. If in the realm of images we are at liberty to remake our world, then Wechsler leads us into the coming times with wonder, disillusion, and good dose of humor.
Sadie Wechsler (b. 1985, Seattle, Washington) received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2013. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, including recent exhibitions at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon and Aperture Gallery in New York. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Betty Bowen Award administered by the Seattle Art Museum. Wechsler is based in Seattle, Washington.