June 18th, 2018 – Los Angeles, C.A: FF-1051 Gallery, in Los Angeles is pleased to present “Dreams of L.A Photographs”, an exhibition of works by artist and poet, Myles Hendrik. Curated by FF- 1051 Gallery owner & founder, Holly Purcell, this exhibition, which opens on June 1st, 2018 and is on display at Maxfield Gallery, L.A. until August 1st, 2018, marks the first solo exhibition by Hendrik.
“The intuitive, subtle, and lucid eye of artist & poet Myles Henrik is one that consistently brings to our consciousness explosive and staggeringly distinctive studies of narratives, remembrances (or resemblances) of journey’s -past or present- moments, memories, and acquaintances from everyday hum drum occurrences,” said Purcell. “His images and portraits often bring to the forefront epical illustrations of the everyday that - although perhaps already deeply entrenched in ordinary life - are usually bypassed as ghostly and mundane, and pushed to the unconscious.”
Recognized as one of the most sought-after international DJ’s in nightlife, Hendrik may seem to many as an out-on-the-town nightlife darling. Yet, underneath the veneer of thumbing hip hop tracks, rock and electronic cuts for a slew of A-listers, tastemakers and the city’s hip kids, is a supreme and imaginative documentarian with a cunning eye – and a Pocket 35 Camera - for capturing images that can at first seem idle and of no serious thought; yet when excavated, reveal deeply descriptive and subliminal underlying snapshots of people, places, and things.ù
An accomplished photographer, Hendrik in fact has spent the last 15 years of his career (longer than he has been a DJ) documenting his many travels and encounters; transferring his experience also as a poet (he has been writing poems for a much longer period) into profoundly lyrical and non confrontational depictions of street culture as well as people, particularly in times when one would not characterize them as necessarily interesting subjects.
These images have come together to form his first solo exhibition titled “Dreams Of L.A. Photographs.” Hendrik may be best known as the jam master playing behind the boards for some of the worlds most recognizable names and events (incl. Leonardo DiCaprio, Anna Wintour, Johnny Depp, The Strokes, Mark Ronson, Future, Kendrick Lemar, Mick Jagger, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber). Yet, he is also an astute and masterful storyteller with a keen and sensitive eye, using the lens as a means of finding beauty in the most banal of objects and things.
“Dreams of L.A. Photographs” is an exploration into the complex beauty found within contrasts.