Regen Projects
629 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel. (310) 276-5424
Fax. (310) 276-7430


April 18 - May 16, 1998
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 - 5:00 pm
Opening reception on Saturday, April 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Regen Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by James Welling from the Light Sources series. This show will consist of a group of black and white Iris prints depicting both natural and artificial light sources with images ranging from the highly abstract to the very direct --- from stark fluorescent light tubes to light breaking through the foliage of a tree's canopy.

Welling describes his photographic practice as a "state of looking for something" and referring to the extreme subtly of his work, Welling explains that his "project is closer to what has traditionally been defined as poetry." This poetic complexity is what sets Welling's work apart from more typical photojournalism and documentary photography.
(Charles Dee Mitchell. Art in America. July 1997.)

"Light and its permutations have been central to much of Welling's best-known work, from the intricately modulated play of light and dark of the foil series of 1980-81 to the weak, struggling light in the Wolfsburg series.... Of course, light is essential to photography: without light to instigate the photochemical process, there is no photograph. But Welling had concentrated on light not simply as a necessary (as well as beautiful) motive force of photography, but as a kind of thing-in-itself. His images manage to convey the sensation and emotional weight of the light he has photographed, not simply its look or its source."
(Carol Squiers. Artforum. January 1998.)

An opening reception for James Welling will take place on Saturday, April 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For further information please contact Stuart Regen or Shaun Caley at the gallery at (310) 276-5424.