The G2 Gallery in Venice will present the latest Nature LA exhibit featuring images of sea life by Venice photographer Sebastian Artz, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 2.
The show will be held through Sept. 11 at G2, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. An artist reception will be held Sept. 2.
This will be Artz’s second exhibit at the G2 Gallery and will feature new photographs from hissea life series that looks at crustaceans. Artz, who has also worked with Rock & Roll photography, began his sea creature series in 2009 and first exhibited at G2 last year.
The images displayed in the 2010 show included jellyfish and octopus. In his new project, Artz photographed crustaceans, including lobsters and crabs — in a style that appears to have more in common with high gloss product photography than the conventions of the wildlife genre, a gallery spokesperson said.
Through images that highlight the odd angles of a claw or the variable curves of a crab’s shell, the creatures are not objectified, but rather, glorified, the G2 spokesperson says. Artz said the greatest challenge for the series was finding new ways of depicting subjects that have already been documented extensively.
Artz, who is a native of Romania, spent the majority of his formative years in Germany. He said the inspiration for his series of underwater creatures were the mythicized sea monsters of mariner lore.
“Science has since lifted many of the superstitious fears surrounding underwater creatures but their prehistoric otherness, unusual proportions and build are fascinating and to this day a bit terrifying. So, I thought: What a great subject to explore,” he explained.
The G2 Gallery will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from art sales to environmental charities.
Information, (310) 452-2842, or www.theg2gallery.com.