The new works on view, “Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe” and “Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road Bridge” are Greber’s recent explorations into the emotional and intellectual possibilities created by his perspective investigations into architectural structures. Greber’s photospheres are large fiberglass globes surfaced with photographs that the artist has taken from a fixed vantage point corresponding with the center of his sphere of vision. These spheres and/or half spheres, taking a convex or concave form, allow the viewer to experience the image from multiple viewpoints and to travel within the beautifully executed and highly detailed image. Viewing these photographic sculptures is a novel experience where “straight becomes crooked and things appear and disappear as a result of walking around the object.”
Alphons Greber grew up in Switzerland and was trained as a sculptor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. He later studied photography and film-making at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Rossier School of Fine Arts, where he earned an MFA in 1987. Greber subsequently built a film school for teenagers for The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department in Hollywood. He worked as an artist-in-residence for the Watts Labor Community Action Committee and taught social studies at King/Drew Magnet High School for Medicine & Science. Greber presently lives and works as a freelance artist in the Willowbrook/ Compton area. Alphons Greber’s work is currently on view at the USC, School of Cinematic Arts.