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California Museum of Photography presents Work from Los Angeles-Based Artist Heather Rasmussen

when: 2015-01-28, starts at 6-9pm
where: California Museum of Photography

Heather Rasmussen
Bruised Fruit

January 24-April 4, 2015
California Museum of Photography

reception with artist remarks
Saturday, February 28, 6-9pm
Free and open to the public

The California Museum of Photography presents work from Los Angeles-based artist Heather Rasmussen’s photographic series Compile (2009-ongoing). Shot in medium format film, Rasmussen’s pictures capture isolated moments of domestic and urban environments that ring with a canny sense of color, texture, and a fragility that lends lightness to subject matter imbued with process: stacking, preparation, dilapidation, death, and overgrowth.

A reception will be held on Saturday, February 28. The reception is FREE and open to the public. At 6:30pm, alongside remarks about other current exhibitions, the artist will discuss her work with the curator in the Culver Screening Room at UCR ARTSblock.

Heather Rasmussen (born in Santa Ana, California in 1982) is a Los Angeles-based artist. Her work was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Angels Gates Cultural Center, Los Angeles; in the group show Trouble with the Index at the CMP in 2014; and in group shows at the Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles; Blutenweiss, Berlin; SOIL, Seattle; and Mixed Greens, New York, among elsewhere. Her work was published in the book Unfolded, Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry (Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2009) alongside artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Demand, and Frank Gehry. Rasmussen’s photographs are held in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She earned her BA at the University of California, Irvine, and her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts.

CMP Projects is an ongoing series of solo presentations curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers, CMP Curator of Exhibitions at the California Museum of Photography, part of UCR ARTSblock. Past exhibitions have featured work by Zoe Crosher, Claudia Joskowicz, and Ramón Miranda Beltrán. The series is partially supported with funds provided by UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside. The production of new work for Heather Rasmussen: Bruised Fruit is made possible in part by an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York.


UCR ARTSblock is located at 3824 & 3834 Main Steet, Riverside, CA 92501, and encompasses three venues: the California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery. ARTSblock is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm. Admission is $3, and includes entry to all three venues. Galleries are open late 6-9pm and admission is free during First Thursday ArtWalks, which take place on the first Thursday of every month. Film screenings are held on Fridays and Saturdays in the Culver Theater.

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image: Heather Rasmussen, Orange car on W. Silver Lake Drive, Silverlake, 2012 (detail). Courtesy of the artist.
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