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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion will feature the photography of Justin Kimball in “Pieces of String,” an exhibit that opens on March 13 and runs through April 18. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the MOPLA – Month of Photography, Los Angeles.

The gallery will be open from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays.

A closing reception is planned on Saturday, April 19, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., including a presentation by Kimball and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

For four years Justin Kimball photographed in abandoned homes, hotels and buildings in the Northeastern United States. Kimball sought within the abandoned spaces the evidence of an individual’s life. Photographing “the smallest objects (a note, a box of hair pins, a stain on a pillow),” Kimball re-imagines their existence and relationship to the absent owners.

The resulting photographs are his perception of what happened in those spaces: Who lived there? What was hidden and what was seen? Kimball’s photographs are explorations of the minutiae of everyday life—a contemplation of our brief and humble legacies before they are cleaned up and cast to the wind.

Kimball was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1961. He completed his MFA in photography at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture and earned his BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design.

His photographs have appeared in many publications and his work is included in numerous collections, including the Corcoran Museum of Art, George Eastman House, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Portland (Oregon) Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Kimball taught photography for more than 20 years at colleges and universities, including the Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Orange Coast College and Amherst College, where he is currently an associate professor of art. He lives with his wife, Maura Glennon, and their two children, Zeke and Ellie, in Florence, Massachusetts.

Work by OCC School of Photography students Cierra Lopez and Melissa Avilez will also be on display in the Art Pavilion’s second gallery.

Cierra Lopez’s photos and video compilation documents the experience of living in the small town of Silver Gate, MT. Silver Gate is a place where people come to work from around the country and around the world, and find a temporary home. Her photos encompass the unique social environment formed by young people who met in this remote area. The photos try to capture the sense of place found in this town, but can’t escape that part of the experience of living there is the process of leaving.

Lopez grew up in Orange County and attended OCC’s School of Photography. When she’s not working or going to school, she spends time experiencing other places. Her trips across the country serve as inspiration for her photography.

Melissa I. Avilez is an artist from Los Angeles, CA. She is currently working toward a BA in Art at the University of California Los Angeles. She completed the program at the School of Photography at Orange Coast College and was the recipient of the Art Photography Scholarship in 2012 and Fascinated by Light, The Rick Steadry Scholarship, in 2013.

Avilez’s series is a visual diary that explores the peculiarities that break the monotony of daily living and documents curious moments that arise while living in a new environment. Light, space, and intimacy play an important role in her photographs.