Back to Ocean, 2017
archival pigment print, edition 1 of 3 + AP
76.2 x 50.8 cm (unframed)
79.4 x 54.0 cm (framed)
Courtesy of the Artist
Tom Hsu’s practice focuses on the observation of spaces and how bodies exist in them. Using a 35mm camera, Hsu approaches his subjects from odd angles, cropping out the larger scene to focus on specific forms conveying a gentle intimacy. His camera finds everyday, mundane moments and interactions that are often overlooked and gives them a poetic and expressive quality. Back to Ocean is part of a series of photographs taken during the summer months of 2018-2020, evoking memories or fantasies of mid-summer wanderings. Hsu captures the sensation of cold ocean water hitting the bare legs of the young man who looks towards a vast ocean surrounded by the natural landscape of the West Coast.
Elder received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College, New York and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Elder has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States at such venues as Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, and Vancouver Art Gallery; Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles; and Tif Sigfrids, Los Angeles, amongst others. His work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Elder’s work was featured as part of the inaugural Capture Photography Festival in 2013 as well as in subsequent editions of the Festival.
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