All is Flux is a single image (a photogram) capturing the shadows of a stream of water moving across the surface of still water. The work visualizes a flow that moves from one of relative order (laminar flow, water in a pipe) to one of apparent chaos (turbulence, milk swirling in coffee). Over and over the various flows expand and constrict with respect to structures in place. Think of riders coming from around a neighborhood (turbulence), traveling down stairs and escalators onto trains (laminar) and moving out again into the world in multiple directions.
The photogram that is the basis of All is Flux was made at School of Light in downtown Los Angeles, with the guidance of Andrew Hall and the assistance of Pam Sidharta.
This temporary exhibition is on view at Grand Ave/Bunker Hill Station as part of the Metro Art Photo Lightbox Series.
“Through the concept of fluid dynamics, I see a direct connection between the planning and engineering of all the various aspects of our cities, and the subjects they serve. The very same natural laws used to calculate the shapes of tunnels and trains are embodied in the lived experiences of the ridership, as individuals and as a whole.”
About the Artist
SAMIRA YAMIN (b. 1983, Evanston, Illinois) has had solo exhibitions of her work at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (now ICALA), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and PATRON Gallery and has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the Craft and Folk Art Museum (now Craft Contemporary), Camera Club of New York, Metropolitan State University Denver and San Francisco State University. A recipient of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, California Community Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Yamin has been an Artist in Residence at the Rauschenberg Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Penumbra Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Galveston Artist Residency. Yamin received an MFA from UC Irvine and BAs in Art and Sociology from UCLA.