Using cameras he has designed and built himself, Chiara’s inventive techniques, such as shooting directly onto positive color photographic paper, leave behind visible traces of his process. The resulting works of art invite us to contemplate their content while pointing to the chemical aspects of their creation. The subtle streaking, overexposure and sharpening of detail Chiara achieves in his work amplify a sense of disassociation.
John Chiara was an artist-in-residence at Art Factory Budapest, Hungary (2019, 2017); Crown Point Press, San Francisco (2016, 2006) and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts (2010). His work has been widely exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; San Francisco City Hall, CA (2013); Museum Bürengasse, Zurich, Switzerland (2013); Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA (2013, 2011); San Jose Museum of Art, CA (2014); and J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Triennale de l’art imprimé contemporain, Musée des beaux-arts, Le Locle, CH (2018); NEW TERRITORY LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2018); New Southern Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (2018). John Chiara: California, his first monographic publication of his work jointly, was published by Aperture and Pier 24 in November 2017.
Bild 1. Echo Lake at Meyers Grade, Lake Tahoe, 2010
Bild 2. Agua Dulce at Route 14, outside Los Angeles near Interstate 5, 2013
Bild 3. Park Row; Chaves Ridge; Stadium Way, Los Angeles, 2013