James Welling introduces his work and talks about his influences, Jan Dibbets and John Baldessari. He presents early works that show his interests in appropriation, temporary sculpture, and filmmaking. He then shows his progression into more straight forms of photography with a few of his early series inspired by László Maholy-Nagy and Paul Strand.
Aperture and the Parsons Department of Photography at The New School presented this artist’s talk with James Welling as part of the ongoing Parsons lecture series. Welling’s career constitutes a comprehensive conceptual examination of the many forms of photography: from documentary and staged to nonrepresentational. He was recently featured in the Aperture publication The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography.
JAMES WELLING (b. 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut) studied drawing at Carnegie-Mellon University before transferring to the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied video. His work has appeared in over sixty solo and group exhibitions, and is included in many public collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York, among others. Welling was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bard College. Since 1995, Welling has lived in Los Angeles, where he is head of the photography department at the University of California, Los Angeles. His work was featured in issue number 190 of Aperture magazine.