October 25, 2018 to December 22, 2018
49 Geary Street
San Francisco - 94108 CA
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Richard Learoyd: Work from Two Rooms, on view from October 25 to December 22, 2018. This is the gallery's fourth exhibition of the British artist's work, featuring new large-scale landscapes photographed this summer in Yosemite and Big Sur. Learoyd uses a massive, tent-like camera of his own design to create minutely detailed black-and-white contact prints. Work from Two Rooms also includes intimate, one-of-a-kind color portraits and studies of flowers through their life cycle.
Learoyd's landscapes were inspired in part by Carleton Watkins, whose 19th-century views of Yosemite gave rise to the 1864 bill protecting the valley, which then served as a blueprint for the foundation of the National Park Service in 1916. Watkins' breakthrough work was made with the largest camera known to exist at the time: a mammoth plate camera producing contact-printed images measuring approximately 16x21 inches. More than 150 years later, Learoyd photographed the park using a structure measuring 8 feet square, creating 4×6-foot contact prints. Working this summer, Learoyd captured the grandeur of the valley two weeks before the Ferguson Fire burned nearly 100,000 acres in the area. The exhibition also includes two large-scale works made in Big Sur, a landscape with a rich history for photographers including Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and others.