An exhibit of the abstract photography of John Montich, whose work focuses on close-ups of buildings and objects, will be presented at Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Art Gallery beginning Thursday, August 27th through Friday, October 9th.

The opening reception for “John Montich Photographs: 1989-2009” is scheduled from

5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27th in the Emeritus College Art Gallery, on the first floor at 1227 Second St. in Santa Monica.

Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2. The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, the Long Beach artist plans to present a slide lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 14th in Room 107 of Emeritus College.

The exhibit will consist of 13 images produced with techniques that include emulsion transfers, silver dye bleach and chromogenic photographic prints.

Montich says that discovering the horizon-less landscape started his fascination with abstraction. The former aerospace engineer says he then started to narrow his vision to the up-close point of view.

“The largest building is described by a small distinctive section,” Montich says. “Small pieces of everyday ephemera are described with a minimum of

background.”

Montich has exhibited his photography in solo and group exhibitions for 20 years. As a nationally recognized fine art photographer, his work can be found in many private and corporate collections across the country.

Exhibitions at the Armand Hammer Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art have included his photography. A recent solo exhibition at the University of La Verne’s Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography surveyed his unique transfer images.

Cypress College, El Camino College, Long Beach City College and Porterville College have also featured his work. The Best of Photography Annual has published his award-winning images in several editions.

Information, (310) 434-4306 or www.smc.edu/emeritus/.

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