Photographs by Pej
Reception Saturday April 16th 6-10pm
drkrm/gallery presents Dreaming California, photographer
Pej Behdarvand's large scale ocean noir landscapes. Dreaming California
is a featured exhibition for The Month of Photography LA and will
be on display from April 16th until May 21st, 2011 with an Opening
Reception Saturday, April 16th from 6pm till 10 pm.
Dreaming California is about the longing for elsewhere.
Pej Behdarvand seeks to elicit the feelings of both beauty and
uncertainty that arise when one yearns for another time, place,
or circumstance. The Golden State has evocated yearnings for riches,
fame, leisure and warm weather from the time of the Gold Rush
to the creation of films from the movie studios to songs of surf
and sun. This landscape series employs an old Hollywood technique
known as Day for Night to create an illusion as well as to capture
a different perspective on the “sunny California”
California is not a commentary on the state itself or a pessimistic
stance against hopes or dreams. It is more of an exploration of
the abstract notions of yearning and desire and the moments before
actualization or disillusion.
Born in Tehran, Pej Behdarvand
moved to Hollywood, California at the very impressionable age
of 4 years with his freethinking parents and a stylish older sister.
Hippies, Motown, Afros, greasy burger stands, and fast
cars provided him with his first introduction to an alien culture.
His globe, LIFE and L’Officiel magazines,
and love of music nurtured his imagination and cravings for new
experiences during his teenage years.
With the desire for exploration, he entered college to study international
relations, but was quickly sidetracked by a class in filmmaking.
Pej started to show his movies domestically at festivals while
still studying film at San Francisco Art Institute where he received
his B.F.A. After earning his degree he found himself assisting
a photographer and was charmed by the simplicity and immediate
intimacy that the craft of photography offered. His first portfolio
pieces landed him into the American Photography Annual as well
as initiating his career in commercial photography. His clients
include Businessweek, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine,
Men's Fitness, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling
Stone, Spin and Warner Bros. Records.