TERRYWOOD / Terry Richardson at OHWOW Gallery Los Angeles

Here are some images from the wild opening reception of cool creep and influential photographer, Terry Richardson‘s show TERRYWOOD at OHWOW Gallery. It took place last Friday, February 24th, two days before the 84th Academy Awards,

The madcap opening brought out a cavalcade of Hollywood B-listers. Some of the celebs we caught are seen below. There was model/actress and heiress Lydia Hearst, director and fashion designer Tom Ford, the Odd Future crew, which included Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean, wacky, spaced-out Angeleno Dennis Woodruff, indie adult actress (budding pornstar) Jessie Andrews, UK-bred Mexico-based DJ/model Angel Clouthier. How could you not have socialites Nicky Hilton and Paris Hilton? Pfft. Then there was the hardest working man in show biz, Ron “The Hedgehog” Jeremy, ink queen/reality star Kat Von D, scruffy A-list actor and fallen Oscars host Jimmy Franco, former sex symbol Pam Anderson, and MOCA Los Angelesmuseum director Jeffrey Deitch.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, on how you wanna look at it), we managed to miss actress and perpetual tabloid-queen Lindsey Lohan, too-cool-for-school actor/pretentious rocker Jared Leto, Jackass Johnny Knoxville, gorgeous Nip/Tuck actress Kelly Carlson, buzz-hype hip-hopper Kreayshawn, and Los Angeles photographer Estevan Oriol also attended.

Terry’s presented body of work was pretty ho-hum; it was mostly confined to glib, one-liner stuff but was a fun and topical commentary on Hollywood. It’s as if his art was not the focus and verily acted as the backdrop for all of the “celebrities” that mixed with the cast of scenesters, hipsters and characters from Los Angeles. The actors, musicians, artists, creative-types, professional celebs and civilians became the artwork itself.

So weird. So good. People are strange when you’re a stranger, faces look ugly when you’re alone. Fucking LA, Man, you gotta love it.

The pics are from our talented photographer Taiyo Watanabe.

-@teemunny

Check out some snaps from TR’s after-party which took place at the Chateau Marmont at his Tumblr, Terry’s Diary

PRESS RELEASE:

TERRY RICHARDSON
TERRYWOOD
February 24 – March 31, 2012
937 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Opening reception: Friday, February 24, 6 – 9 PM

Terry Richardson’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, titled TERRYWOOD, 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 local characters, familiar landscapes, and architectural details, now verge on having a new identity. With images such as Hooray for Hollywood and 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.

An artist often attributed with changing the field of photography, Richardson also defies the ideological limitations of the practice, while redefining an epitome. TERRYWOOD takes all that Hollywood represents – the celebrity, broken dreams, kitsch, and sordid history – but, just as with all of Richardson’s well-known work, he re-contextualizes familiar imagery, re-identifying it with characteristics reflective of his own persona, imparting them with a different narrative.

Terry Richardson is one of the most prolific and compelling photographers of his generation. Known for his uncanny ability to cut to the raw essence of whomever appears before his lens, Richardson’s vision is at once humorous, tragic, often beautiful, and always provocative. Born in New York City and raised in Hollywood, he began photographing his environment while attending Hollywood High School and playing in a punk rock band. Richardson’s work has been the subject of numerous group and solo shows throughout the world, and he has published a selection of books beginning with Hysteric Glamour in 1998, followed by a print retrospective titled Terryworld, and most recently released LADY GAGA x TERRY RICHARDSON. Whatever the medium, Terry Richardson continues to prove that he is a true American Original.