Los Angeles

Ginny Bishton

Richard Telles Fine Art

In her first solo show at Richard Telles Fine Art, fifteen years ago, Ginny Bishton presented a band of twelve hundred small black-andwhite contact photos, wrapping around the gallery, of herself in a kitchen mixing bread dough. Not unlike Martha Rosler’s canonical 1975 video Semiotics of the Kitchen—in which the gendered codes of a television cooking show stand in as analogues for artmaking—Bishton’s untitled bread-baking piece represented a complex mixing of art and (mediated) life, albeit one without didactic narration. Such obsessive, daily devotion to process—of making food and making art—continues to feed Bishton’s work in a variety of media.

In her recent show, her sixth at this gallery, the Los Angeles–based artist cultivated familiar gestures and tactics from her own accumulated history. Three photocollage works (all works 2009) augmented Bishton’s series of geometric abstractions,

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