Announcing… CHOP SHOP


MARCH 2 – APRIL 22, 2017

Ayumi Tanaka “The path,” from the series Wish You Were Here. 2014. 16″ x 20″ Silver Gelatin Print

Candela Gallery is pleased to announce CHOP SHOP, an exhibition exploring the work of seven artists, who are transforming images through various processes of manipulation. Featured artists are: Nadine Boughton, Tom Chambers, Blythe King, Peter Brown Leighton, Lissa Rivera, Ayumi Tanaka, and Maggie Taylor.


Maggie Taylor “What remains?,” 2016. 22″x 22″ Inkjet Print

Though each of the photographic works in this exhibition have been altered through digital manipulation, the tools of collage, illustration, deconstruction, redaction, surrealism are used in different measures by the exhibiting artists. By chiseling the foundation of their imagery, new perspectives are presented, as meaning shifts away from the real, slipping through different eras and otherworldly narratives.

Peter Brown Leighton, “Man Lives Through Plutonium Blast,” 2014. 10″ x 7″ Archival Pigment Print

Since it’s invention, the camera has been considered a truth telling instrument. But all along, there have been subversive applications, when depictions of the real have been pushed to suit the needs of the maker. So, information became less concrete and far more subjective and photography more mutable. Each of these artists, have uniquely embraced fabrication and the whole cloth creation of ideas, shaping reality by their own designs.

The exhibition will be on view March 2 – April 22, 2017.

A Preview Reception & Artist Talk will take place Thursday, March 2nd, from 5-8pm.

The Opening Reception will take place Friday, March 3rd, from 5-9pm.

Lissa Rivera, “San Jose, California,” from the series Absence Portraits. 5″ x 7″ Archival Pigment Print  Courtesy of ClampArt

Tom Chambers, “Glass Flower,” 2010. 14″ x 14″ Archival Pigment Print

Blythe King, “X-Ray Vision,” 2017. 20″ x 16″ Image Transfer, Collage, and 23K Gold Leaf on Illustration Board

Nadine Boughton, “Wingtips,” 2015. 15″ x 15″ Archival Pigment Print


Nadine Boughton

Tom Chambers

Blythe King

Peter Brown Leighton

Lissa Rivera

Ayumi Tanaka

Maggie Taylor