April 14- May 6, 2012

April 14- May 6
Room 1: Craig Doty
Wild GiftCraig Doty (b. Danville, CA 1981) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.  His solo exhibitions include Two Nudes at Important Projects in Oakland, CA, Women at Roots and Culture in Chicago, IL, and Devastator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.  His photographs have been included in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Copenhagen, amongst others.  He received his MFA in photography from the Yale University School of Art in 2006 and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003.Craig Doty’s exhibition Wild Gift at The Front takes it’s title from X’s 1981 album of the same name.  Doty, who has long seen the album as a sonic embodiment of the city of Los Angeles, set out to make his own visual representation of the city he has made his home for the past three years.  At times the photographs have a direct way of describing Los Angeles, at other times Doty’s work operates in visual metaphor to describe both a deeply personal and more general experience of the place.  The photographs continue Doty’s formal exploration of the medium of photography, employing a color palette previously unseen in his work, one that reflects the natural landscape of the southern California region.