Doug Rickard: N.A. Opening Reception

Doug Rickard: N.A. Opening Reception

Doug Rickard: N.A. Opening Reception

Little Big Man Gallery is pleased to present Doug Rickard’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and debut the artist’s latest body of work titled N.A. Rickard’s new photography and video work continues to explore the darker side of urban America and highlights issues of economic disparity, ever-present surveillance and tendencies toward publicity via social media. On view September 19 – October 31, 2015, the show will also mark the gallery’s grand opening in its new, larger exhibition space located at 1427 E. 4th Street, Unit 2, Los Angeles CA, 90033.

This series follows the artist’s critically acclaimed A New American Picture, which depicted street scenes that he found using Google Street View. For N.A., Rickard looked to YouTube as a resource to extract a chorus of American voices, ‘cultural music’ in a way that is detailed and revelatory but often fragmented.

Over a three-year period Rickard culled through countless amateur YouTube videos found at first by using American city names as keywords, he later shifted into more specific search terms such as “Hood Fight”, “Crackheads Gone Wild”, “Passed Out White Girl”, “Gangstalking”, “Sideshow”, “Racial Profiling”, “Illegal Search” or “Police Brutality”, opening up silos of visual data from which to explore the darker cultural landscape of America. Pausing the lo-res grainy, amateur videos, he watched the composition unfold, looking for specific fragments in time that would become his pictures.

About Doug Rickard
Doug Rickard is the founder of American Suburb X and These Americans, aggregating websites on contemporary photography and American historical and cultural photographic archives. His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including City Limit. The Journal, Brooklyn, NY (2015); When We Share More Than Ever, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Triennale of Photography Hamburg 2015, Germany; Web on the Wall, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2014); Tim Hetherington and Doug Rickard, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2013); After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2013); The Club, La Bourse du Travail, Les Recontres d’Arles, Arles, France (2013); A New American Picture, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY (2012); Aperture Remix, Aperture Foundation Gallery, New York, NY (2012); and A New American Picture, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2011). Recent monographs and publications include All Eyes On Me, Nazraeli Press; N.A., DAP/Kettler (2014); Dealer’s in Death, Killin’ Time, Harper’s Books (2014); TOM, Little Big Man (2013); A New American Picture, Aperture / Koenig (2012). His work is included in public collections across the United States including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT among others.

Rickard was born in San Jose, California, in 1968, and studied History and Sociology at UC San Diego, receiving his BA in 1994. The artist currently lives and works in Northern California.

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