“I feel the need to express something, but I don’t know what it is I want to express. Or how to express it.”
Uta Barth
John Divola
Barbara Probst
28 September – 2 November 2014

Press Release
LA Weekly
5 Every Day


Park View is pleased to announce "I feel the need to express something, but I don't know what it is I want to express. Or how to express it," a three-person exhibition with Uta Barth, John Divola, and Barbara Probst. A reception will be held on Sunday, 28 September from 4 to 7pm.  The exhibition will run through 2 November.

Taken from a line delivered by the actress Mary Beth Hurt in the 1978 film "Interiors," the title of the exhibition focuses on two aesthetic categories emptied out by creative doubt, content ("I don't know what") and form ("Or how"). Read as a self-conscious utterance that exists within a film, it suggests a reflexive way of working, in which choices of content and form are less important than reflecting on how those choices affect an image's meaning and reception. 

Throughout their careers, Uta Barth, John Divola, and Barbara Probst have engaged with states of emptiness and fullness with respect to these two aesthetic categories.  Each artist does this through his or her own photographic means: the prominence of the crop or edge (Barth); the self-timer (Divola); a multi-camera shutter release process (Probst). These are usually coupled with seemingly banal subject matter: light on a curtain (Barth); dogs (Divola); her own bent foot (Probst). And they picture what one would assume to be on-hand within their respective spaces of production: studio (Probst); home (Barth); world (Divola).  

Affective tones surface on first glance, whether the seeming romance of Uta Barth's series "Deep Blue Day," or what looks like a thirst to escape in John Divola's series "As Far as I Could Get," or the surveillance qualities of Barbara Probst's “Exposures” series. Yet signals turn up in the works, like repetition of imagery or the presence or suggestion of the artists' bodies, that complicate these interpretations. Attention shifts instead towards each image’s production, the viewer's embodied perception, and the process of making meaning out of "something.”

For more information, please contact Paul Soto at paul@parkviewparkview.com. 

Park View is located at 836 S. Park View Street #8, Los Angeles CA 90057. Hours are Sunday 2 - 7pm and by appointment.


Artist biographies:

A 2012 McArthur Fellow, Uta Barth was born in Berlin in 1958 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She received a B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and an M.F.A from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985, where she was a student of Robert Heinecken's. Since then, Barth’s work has been the subject of major exhibitions worldwide. Notable solo presentations include to draw with light at SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA (2013), … and to draw a bright, white line with light at The Art Institute of Chicago (2011), Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle (2011), nowhere near, and of time, white blind (bright red)(1999–2002) at SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico (2005), nowhere near at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2000), and In Between Places, which originated at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington and traveled to the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (2000). Her work continues to be well represented in both private and public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilbao, Spain; The Tate Modern, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others. The artist has taught at the University of California, Riverside since 1990, where she currently serves as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art. She is also a graduate faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

John Divola was born in Venice in 1949 and has lived and worked in Southern California his entire life. A student of Robert Heinecken’s at UCLA, Divola has become not only a touchstone for artists and photographers working in Southern California, but also a mentor through his years of teaching, first at Cal Arts and for the last twenty-five years, the University of California, Riverside. His work has been exhibited in key historical exhibitions such as John Szarkowski’s Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960 at The Museum of Modern Art (1978), The Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1981) and most recently, Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010). His work is in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; The Centre Pompidou, Paris and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London among many others. He is a recipient of multiple National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowships as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Barbara Probst was born in 1964 in Munich, Germany and lives and works in New York and Munich.  Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Photography Copenhagen, and group exhibitions include Per Speculum Me Video at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Lost Places. Sites of Photography at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Mixed Use Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices, 1970s to the Present, curated by Lynne Cooke and Douglas Crimp at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Elles at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, organized by the Tate Modern, London, which traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.  Probst was featured in the 2006 New Photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has had solo exhibitions at Oldenburg Kunstverein, Germany; Stills Gallery Edinburgh, Scotland; Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.