Lankershim #1, Los Angeles, California
Claire Harlan’s Grandscapes is an examination of the similarities between the built environment of the city and the desolate expanse of the desert. She attempts to detach the anxiety associated with the congested spread of Los Angeles by navigating the urban surroundings in the bareness of night. By making photographs in the nocturnal hours, Harlan can focus on the immense impact of spatial design absent from human interference. The desert landscapes are a reference to her Tucson ties and offer a sense of respite from the stately structures within her cityscapes. Each of Harlan’s sites displays considerable beauty that occurs when the liveliness of everyday comes to a rest.
Claire Harlan received her BA in Latin American studies from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania working with ex-slaves in women's cooperative gardens. After returning from several years abroad she received her BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Currently she lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
This exhibition is supported by the Lionel Rombach Endowment and the University of Arizona School of Art.