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Whitney Hubbs

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There are many reasons why people steal – material need, a feeling of entitlement, the gesture of rebellion. Perhaps more enigmatic is why someone would feel they have stolen, when nothing of substance has been taken: the feeling that by finding something so precious and otherworldly it seems impossible it could have been paid for by currency or deed. Whitney Hubbs has remarked that she “steals” moments by photographing them. In her series, Day for Night (2008), Hubbs assembles instants from her life in California and its environs, documenting its experience to tell a story made of memories. Her subjects — landscapes, still lives, friends, light – evoke themes of sexuality, loneliness, love, and vitality. Throughout all, memory is ever fleeting as a source from which to make sense of the present. Arraying her images in a grid, Hubbs abandons the unfolding of linear narrative. Yet by participating in the free range of visual associations that the photographer provides, we form our own narratives and thus bestow meaning to experience.

Whitney Hubbs was born in Los Angeles in 1977. She received her B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco and her M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her photographs of found and applied textual elements sited in an ordinary residence, draw a heightened attention to the ways meaning becomes inscribed to the conditions of our everyday lives. She currently resides and works in Los Angeles.