An Imaginary Club

photo by Oliver Sieber

The past couple of weeks, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Oliver Sieber for coffee here in Echo Park on numerous occasions. He was in Los Angeles for the La Brea Matrix project. In case you don’t know about this, it’s a project that revolves around Stephen Shore’s famous photo of the Chevron gas station on La Brea. The web site sums it up as:

La Brea, Stephen Shore‘s key photograph of 1975, constitutes the conceptual core of the La Brea Matrix Project. Six art photographers from Germany have accepted an invitation to Los Angeles as part of an artist-in-residence program in 2009 and 2010 to search for photographic points of reference to this iconic picture.

So Oliver was here in LA to finish up his portion of the project and also to participate in a panel discussion at Photo LA last weekend.

Over coffee, he would tell me about all of his LA adventures, like being involved in a riot at the Key Club or meeting lovely folks at Bar Sinister’s Rockabilly night (such as the man pictured above). Oliver was out almost every night he was here, searching for people to include in his “imaginary club,” a nightclub that exists in his mind and, now, in his photos. He is very friendly and approachable, and he doesn’t take himself too seriously, so I could see how even the most anti-establishment individuals would agree to be photographed by Mr. Sieber.

Oliver and his partner Katje Stuke, also a photographer, live in Duesseldorf, Germany when they aren’t flying off to distant corners of the globe to take photographs or show their work. Between the two of them, their list of publications is a mile long. A very prolific pair.


~ by Valerie Palmer on January 21, 2011.

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