APRIL IS THE MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN LOS ANGELES AND DON’T THOSE ANGELINOS KNOW IT. THE J PAUL GETTY MUSEUM IN LOS ANGELES AND THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART ACQUIRED HIS ENTIRE BODY OF WORK AND HAVE OPENED IT UP FOR EXHIBIT. IT IS QUIET THE BUZZ AROUND TOWN. AND WHILE THE GETTY BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS WITH ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE'S SEXY EXHIBITION, THE ARTIST CORNER GALLERY WANT TO BREAK DOWN SOME BARRIERS, TOO. AND THEY FOUND JUST THE RIGHT PERSON TO DO THAT.
CROSS is a limited edition fine art box set curated and produced by Artists Corner Gallery and now available at the gallery where it has taken its place alongside fine art books by such distinguished photographers as Mario Testino and Ellen von Unwerth. And right fully so. CROSS is a body of work that sprouted from the creative mind of photographer Mark Stout, whose outstanding work has been featured various times before. Mark Stout is a fine art photographer currently located in Los Angeles. He is known for his ability to elicit beauty, emotion and attitude from his subject that they themselves often did not know they possessed. His recent work with model Cross Johnson is a fine example of this.
There are three reasons that make CROSS a most desirable collectors item. First, as mentioned above, the master behind the work is Mark Stout, which all by itself is already enough reason to try to purchase a copy of CROSS. The second is exactly that, try to purchase it. CROSS is a small book that contains only 10 13x19 photos. The photos are printed on archival grade fine art paper – each suitable for framing – protected within a hand crafted fabric covered clamshell box. The price is considerable: $900.00. But for that you have an art box that is owned by you, not the world. Moreover, a collection of images made by a photographer whose work has been compared in critical reviews to the work of Herb Ritz and Robert Mapplethorpe.
The final reason is Cross Johnson. Cross is both singer and model and currently lives in Denver, Colorado, but is soon to relocate to Los Angeles. According to Mark Stout Cross is one of the most talented models he has ever worked with – hence the breath taking result – and of the best people he has ever met. There is quite a bit brewing regarding Cross that we can’t talk about yet, but is suffices to say Cross Johnson is a name to keep in mind. One of the photos included in the CROSS artbox is entitled Willing Captive. Asides from the collectors book, this photo will also be available in non-cropped version, printed at 48 inches tall and floated in a 2 inch deep polished steel frame. Only less than 10 of these prints have been produced and will be auctioned on opening night, in presence of the model himself. Mind you, these portraits might very well become as iconic as Mapplethorpe’s Two Men Dancing (1984), Nick (1977) or even his portrait of Andy Warhol (1983).
CROSS and Willing Captive will be presented on April 23, 7 – 10 pm for the gala reception for the group show “Sexy” for the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA). The whole show will be on display until May 07, but you really don’t want to miss that opportunity to meet Cross Johnson and Mark Stout and purchase one of these extremely exclusive artboxes or framed prints on April 23. –BM-
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