New Territory

Landscape photography today
on view, Empire Falling 1, through September 16, 2018.

An exhibition of landscape photographs that gauge how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time.

Becoming Los Angeles

L.A.’s Story, Reimagined
The Natural History Museum’s newest permanent exhibition, tells the story of how Los Angeles transformed from a tiny pueblo to a sprawling metropolis. It’s a 500-year saga of how L.A. went from cowboys to cars, which battles raged in its backyards, how Hollywood was born, and why an aqueduct changed everything.

Elena Dorfman: “Sublime: The LA River” at Modernism Inc.

Sublime: The L.A. River 10, 2015

Elena Dorfman: “Sublime: The LA River” at Modernism Inc.
by Leora Lutz
art ltd., March 2016

Sometimes history has an interesting way of repeating itself. Layers of time leave marks and impressions on the landscape, carrying with it stories and visual cues that lapse or remain. The indelibility of these historical traces is documented in Elena Dorfman’s series of photographs on view at Modernism. “Sublime: The LA River” features several large-scale works printed on metallic paper that imparts an eerie glow.


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Elena Dorfman’s ‘Sublime’ photography imagines a more scenic L.A. River

Sublime: The L.A. River 9, 2015

Elena Dorfman’s ‘Sublime’ photography imagines a more scenic L.A. River
by Liesl Bradner
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2016

An image in photographer Elena Dorfman’s new series on the Los Angeles River shows a magnificent landscape with quintessential Spanish-style, red-tile-roof L.A. homes nestled in green hillsides, a glassy blue stream in the foreground lined with verdant foliage.

Unfortunately, you can’t visit this scenic paradise because it doesn’t exist.

“It’s a snapshot of L.A. that existed in my memory,” Dorfman said of her interpretations of reality. “I embellish what I think tells a story.”

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Elena Dorfman: Empire Falling and River (by Dan Shepherd)

Empire Falling 1, 2013

The history of artistic representation of the American landscape is grounded in the dichotomy between the sublime wilderness versus the cultivated beauty of the perfect man-made vista. Both have a powerful lure on the American psyche’s struggle for progress and the wild unknown. With that in mind, the recent conceptual landscapes by Elena Dorfman caught my attention. Elena is best know for her intensive portrait series that examined the myriad subcultures such as Fandomania: Characters & Cosplay, thoroughbred jockeys in The Pleasure Park, and people and their life-sized sex dolls in Still Lovers. I wanted to know what lures such a photographer to the land. Elena explained that she initially intended her series to be “about the people who gather at quarries to jump, but after a summer of obsessively shooting jumpers–or ‘fallers’–as [she] called them, [she] felt more drawn to the spaces than the people. Thus began a two-year exploration of active and abandoned rock quarries throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky,” which became the genesis of her series and critically acclaimed monograph, Empire Falling. Continue reading here: