Delighted to see Elisabeth Caren’s ‘The Reckless Moment’ fineart photography, part of her new ‘Double Identity’ Series on the cover of Art Palm Springs Fair catalogues.
Visit us in Booth 409 to see the entire ‘Double Identity’ Film Noir Series.
Thursday, February 16 from 6 – 10pm
Friday, February 17 | 11am-7pm
Saturday, February 18 | 11am-7pm
Sunday, February 19 | 11am-6pm
Inspired by the Film Noir genre and the archetypical character with rigidly defined and gender roles and singular representation of sexual identity, orientation, and relationships, Double Identity examines realities of humanity that were excluded from these films. The leading female character usually fell into two characters: the femme fatale, who uses her sexual attractiveness and cunning to manipulate men as it’s her only option to gain power and independence, and the conventional devoted wife and mother, typically portrayed as dull, who has no autonomy, a role that the femme fatale rejects. Meanwhile, the leading men in Film Noir are either a “tough guy” who cannot show emotion or the socially alienated man who is usually thrust into a confusing situation where he is vulnerable, especially when encountering the femme fatale. In this imagined plot line, there is a double deception of each couple; the “other woman” and the “other man” are not who the characters, nor a 1940s audience would expect. Tension, suspicion, secrets, danger, deception and desire are all themes in Film Noir, which typically lead to the destruction of the lives of the characters. This would most definitely also be the case if the character was found out to be anything other than heterosexual. This series explores the reality that more than one kind of intimate relationship existed even though it was not acceptable to be displayed in public view. Each photo is shot as if were a film production still photo with titles matching actual classic 1940s film noir films. A significant difference of note is that this series of photographs are in vivid color, representing that we have as a society we have come a long way in our acknowledgement and acceptance of contrast and diversity in relationships and identity and life is not as black and white as Hollywood had wanted us to believe.
If you happen to be in Downtown Los Angeles this week, Gallery Artist Elisabeth Caren‘s fine art photography series ‘Double Identity’ will be featured at 30 minutes past each hour on the SVLA1 Screen (electronic billboard) on the side of the Courtyard Marriott building across from LALive as part of #StandardVision‘s SV Showcase program with MOPLA (Month of Photography LA) presenting the work of 20 artists from around the world in a month long public exhibition turned installation.
StandardVision has partnered with Month of Photography Los Angeles to present the work of both local and global photographers. Featuring the work of a common theme each week – people, places, narratives, and minimalist interiors and exteriors – Month of Photo Los Angeles aims to expose the public to the diversity of photography. StandardVision’s goal is to encourage audiences to participate with art in a new outdoor exhibition experience, and present curated contemporary art programming to the public. StandardVision Creative is an artistic division of the architecturally-integrated media façade company StandardVision. SV Creative makes and curates art and cultural content showcased on LED media facades around the world. Our primary goal is to develop a heightened cultural discourse through our outdoor exhibition spaces—generating new outlets to expose the public eye to the arts.
Elisabeth Caren is a fine art, editorial, and advertising photographer based in Los Angeles and Paris. Elisabeth’s lifetime experiences in theatre and film heavily influence her work, which has been described as classic and cinematic. Elisabeth won PDN’s portrait photography contest Faces 2016 and 2014 and has been recognized with over 60 honorable mention acknowledgments by the 2012-2016 International Photography Awards (Lucie Foundation).She was on the short list for The Young Masters Art Prize 2014 and exhibited in the Young Masters exhibition tour 2015-2016 in London, New York, Miami and Los Angeles. As a finalist of Photo LA’s Focus Competition, Elisabeth’s fine art work was exhibited at Photo Basel, Switzerland and Photo LA. Her work has also been exhibited in group shows at The Los Angeles Center for Photography, Lucie Foundation’s MOPLA, Minna Gallery San Francisco, Subtext Gallery San Diego, and APALA’s Off The Clock exhibitions 2013-2015. Her fine art photography was also featured in several episodes of the hit MTV award winning comedy “Awkward”. Elisabeth’s advertising clients include Atlantic Records, CBS, Lionsgate Entertainment, NBC, MTV, and Sony Pictures Television. Her work has been featured in Elle, Emmy Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, InStyle, People, and The New York Times and has shot 35 covers of celebrity portrait magazine covers. Elisabeth graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Film from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. In the past, she worked in feature film development for acclaimed filmmakers Barry Sonnenfeld, David Friendly and Kathryn Bigelow.