Current Exhibition


Street Scene Daydream
Photography by Jen Zahigian

January 15 to February 18, 2016
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception Friday, January 15, 5-7 pm

“Street Scene Daydream” is a solo exhibition presented by photographer Jen Zahigian.  The show will run January 15 – February 18, 2016, Opening Reception will be on Friday, January 15th from 5-7 pm.

Jen Zahigian’s photographs have become synonymous with California style, and the colorfully idealized visions cherished by residents and visitors alike. She is known for using color to take ordinary scenes beyond our everyday view. Jen’s personal history informs her work, as does the mid-twentieth century history of roadside attractions. Many of Zahigian’s photographs depict California highway establishments and their signage, revealing an appreciation for their dated aesthetic and patina of rust and neglect. Jen Zahigian’s camera searches for and selects meaning from historical roadside monuments – monuments of travel, transience, and movement.

More than twenty photographs will be on exhibition, drawing from a body of work spanning seven years.  With “Street Scene Daydream” Zahigian’s lens captures worn-out, offbeat and forgotten corners from California to Detroit with both a quiet watchfulness and the “dreamy, sunny, colorful” expression for which she’s gained recognition.
Zahigian held her first solo exhibition in 2007, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions each year since. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Sun and NBC New York’s “Roadside America in Pictures.” Several of her photographs can be found in galleries across the state, including SFMOMA Artists Gallery, SLATE Contemporary in Oakland, Wallspace in Los Angeles, and in private collections internationally.

Jen Zahigian is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and co-founder of Able and Baker, Inc., a  design + build cabinetry, furniture, and millwork fabrication studio based in Ventura.

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets  in Santa Barbara.  Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and by appointment.  The primary gallery entrance on Garden Street is accessible by ramp.  We look forward to seeing you!

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