Terrywood

“I was here doing ten bags of heroin, washing down a bunch of Valiums with a bottle of vodka and going to bed with a suit on by myself, just being like, ‘Please don’t wake up,’ and then waking up and going: ‘ Fuck- I’m still here!’” Terry Richardson’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, titled TERRYWOOD, at OHWOW Gallery, presents over 25 of his latest photographs. Inspired by the multiple facets of Hollywood life, TERRYWOOD unveils a series of images of the famous locale, as seen through Richardson’s eyes. Terryworld meets Hollywood, as the local characters, familiar landscapes, and architectural details, now verge on having a new identity. With images such as Untitled (Hollywood), and Untitled (Nude), both photographs of the proverbial chintzy signs that are ubiquitous throughout Hollywood, Richardson illustrates his proclivity for branding whatever subject matter he approaches. Through a medium not typically understood as effective in translating an artist’s personality, Richardson manages to make his hand evident within his photographs. His identity is unmistakably present here, as if he created the very objects and scenes his camera captures. Above image from Terry Richardson's 2004 book Terryworld.  Terrywood is on view at OHWOW Gallery from February 24 to March 31, 2012, 937 N. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.