Though scholars, curators, and critics throughout the country have applauded and exalted John Divola’s works during his four-decade long career, he has gone largely uncelebrated. His contributions, commitment, and influence to the photographic community are undeniable, and now, it is finally Divola’s time to step out from behind the camera and into the spotlight.
Beginning this fall, Divola will have his first career-spanning presentation in the form of a collaborative exhibition entitled As Far As I Could Get. His photographs will be showcased at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on October 13 through January 12 along with other viewings at the Pomona College Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As Far As I Could Get is the first over-arching presentation of Divola’s work, and features photographs diverse in subject matter but threaded together by their shared intellectual rigor. Divola’s photographs are fun, philosophical, visually stimulating, and emphasize the disconnect between image and reality.
Divola was born in 1949 in Los Angeles and graduated with a BA from California State University, Northridge before obtaining his MFA from UCLA. While at UCLA, he began to develop his own unique photographic practice, which merges photography, painting, and conceptual art. He now teaches contemporary art and writes on current photographic practice for a national audience. —Miranda King