"Out There" Brings Desert Deviance to The Standard, Hollywood
Opening event: June 4, 2009

Melissa Manning Out There at The Standard Photograph
For immediate release
May 27, 2009

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Jeff Warrington
The Look Partnership

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Los Angeles, CA

Melissa Manning expands on her "Out There" series of photographs to manifest the weathered mysteries of rural desert life, tumbleweeds and all, in the lobby of The Standard, Hollywood. The opening event is Thursday, June 4.

The hotel, located on the Sunset Strip, is known for its chic turn on the retro motor lodge, as well as for one voyeuristic feature in particular: the glass box behind the front desk, where a model solitarily situates herself while the activity of the hotel swirls around outside. For the "Out There" installation, Manning translates the richness documented in the two-dimensional world of a photograph into the real space of the box, complete with artifacts, which will then be inhabited.

As an extension of Manning's "Out There" photographic series that began six years ago, the latest project was inspired by observation, documentation, and scavenging from "many trips to the desert."

"You notice how things change: furniture moves around, paintball marks appear, burn piles are found, and a burned desert floor changes into a field overgrown with future tumbleweeds that will eventually die and move on," says Manning. "I guess it's the cycle of life combined with the harsh conditions and wide open expanses that I am attracted to, where structures and possessions are abandoned and forgotten, left to degrade and to be scavenged by the elements, the wild life, and the characters that inhabit the desert."

The opening reception for the "Out There" installation takes place June 4, 2009, from 8–10 p.m. at The Standard, Hollywood, at 8300 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA. The event is open to the public, with DJs (to be announced) and complimentary drinks. The installation will last about a month.

Following the opening, a video and event photos will be available on The Look Partnership website at thelookpartnership.com/outthere.

About Melissa Manning:
Melissa Manning photographs people, lifestyles, and product for commercial and editorial assignments. She earned her BFA in Photography/Imaging from Art Center College of Design, with honors, and later became well known as an L.A. society photographer for Flaunt magazine. She is co-founder and partner of The Look Partnership, a Los Angeles-based creative studio. Melissa has been featured on VH1, and her work is in the permanent collection of LACMA. She currently lives in Glendale, CA.

About The Look Partnership:
The Look Partnership is an interaction-driven creative studio headed by photographer Melissa Manning and graphic designer Jeff Warrington. As collaborators, they aim to position brands to create and sustain business momentum by reaching audiences through projects that reveal a provocative point of view. The company produces applied photographic and design projects, including publication, interactive, advertising, high-end marketing communications, and event photography and marketing tools. To view their portfolio and client experience, and to get more information, please visit:


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