Aug. 2-Sept. 16: Faculty art opens gallery in historic site

dennis-dehart-80LOS ANGELES – A photography exhibit by fine arts faculty member Dennis DeHart will inaugurate a new art gallery in a Hollywood landmark frequented by film and music titans.

“Concentrate to the Quiet” will run Aug. 2-Sept. 16 at SPOT Photo Works in the buildings known as “Crossroads of the World” at 6679 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. An opening reception will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

DeHart is compelled by the connections, conflicts and intersections of the natural and cultural worlds: “My main concern is expressing interconnections – that what we do in our own backyard has a broader effect on the larger world we live in.”

Photo by DeHart

This show is composed of color portraits, landscapes and still lives taken while he was an artist-in-residence at the Backlight Photography Festival at Voipaala Art Center in Finland. The photographs are informed by Scandinavia/Nordic aesthetics including light, design, quality of craft and simplicity. Learn more at http://dennisdehartcom.

DeHart is an associate professor of photography at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He earned a master’s of fine arts in photography from the University of New Mexico in 2002.

Historic Hollywood shopping plaza will house gallery.

Designed by architect Robert V. Derrah and built in 1936, Crossroads of the World initially opened as America’s first outdoor shopping mall. The quirky and intimate design drew an extensive clientele of tenants for office space, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Alfred Hitchcock and Tim Burton. Numerous musicians recorded or rehearsed at the complex, including Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Gladys Knight, BB King and Aretha Franklin.

SPOT, a contemporary photography gallery, will present the work of artists whose images reference nature and development, notions of home and family, social change and identity – in other words, life and the human experience.