MALIBU—Despite the world’s current situation, the art world continues forward somehow, especially for Malibu photographer Maureen Haldeman. Some galleries with her work on view have made their exhibits completely available online. It is thanks to them and their innovations that artists such as Haldeman can still thrive and reach wider audiences.
On May 9, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts (GDCA) in Downtown Los Angeles held a virtual gallery reception for its exhibit “Harmony”, which features Haldeman’s collection of images “Small Matters”. Artists and guests did not attend the event due to the enforced social distancing rules. However, Gallery Director Petra Wright provided a tour and commentary.
Wright expressed that Haldeman is one of GDCA’s staple photographers. “‘Small Matters’ represent my current view of our natural environment, much of which, piece by piece, is being decimated by ‘progress’,” Haldeman explained. The exhibit is on display through May 30 at www.GDCAgallery.com.
The photographer shared her thoughts on the creative community’s reaction to the pandemic. “It’s such an amazing thing to experience. It’s influencing everybody’s vision in a sense. A lot of new work and things around this theme are happening. [It’s] almost to the point where you think, ok no, we need to focus on other things, in terms of how many interpretations you can give of it. But you know, people have to. They have to let that out, and I’ve been doing the same thing.”
Her latest project, a year-long challenge with Group LA 2020, will highlight her passion for abstract architecture. Selected artists will choose a part of Los Angeles to explore as a subject. “I wanted to explore architecture in the last ten years, and that requires going to many places. I can’t do it. So I’ve kind of switched my whole focus, which I had just started.”
Fabrik Projects, the gallery representing Haldeman, has been developing its first 3D virtual exhibition. It will debut at the end of this month and show more of her work. “They’ve been working really hard on that and it’s nice to be a part of,” Haldeman stated.
She feels fortunate to be with a gallery equipped with a talented team to do this. “It’s pretty sophisticated. It’s so cool. Everything is to scale and you walk into these rooms. It’s like you’re there.” Haldeman looks forward to the upcoming revolutionary upgrades for gallery exhibitions. She strongly believes that it will not change the way she creates her art, nor will she have to adjust to anything.