What is real and what is fantasy? Come to the Art Loft on Oct 4th and see if you can tell the difference.
Paula Apro and Karen Olson explore similar concepts from two different points of view. Each dive deep into elements beyond the surface – that which is difficult to see or comprehend. Both Karen and Paula are taken in by the thought of representing the fluidity of time and space, whether it be a moment or a century, the smallest of particles or the vast cosmos, a single thought or the complexity of the human experience. Both artists employ photography and photo-based art processes to express these concepts.
The photographs that Paula will be displaying illustrate how the line that separates reality and illusion is often blurred, making it hard to distinguish between what we see and what we perceive as real. Paula is fascinated by the world of quantum physics and energy and it has influenced much of her latest work. You might find it hard to believe that none of her images on display have been digitally altered and all effects were done strictly in-camera. Knowing that nothing in the universe is solid, but rather just moving particles of energy is what motivates her to create illusions with her camera. But are they really illusions? Again we ask. What is real and what is fantasy?
Karen will display three different photo series from her ongoing project, ‘Visualizing Emotion.’
The first segment is entitled ‘Hidden.’ It documents the deep feelings of grief and the desire to hide oneself in a cocoon-like state. The floral elements represent an inherent need to experience life alive with possibilities, even though it is only a faint hope at present.
Second is ‘Storms Inside Us,’ about those complex feelings of instability, vulnerability, fear or trepidation. Circumstance, upbringing, inherited neurological traits all contribute to the complex processes that affect our subconscious thought. Sometimes it feels like we have no control over what comes at us or goes on inside us. Like a storm, we cannot seem to track it. And sometimes, it feels like colliding storm systems inside us, powerful yet exhilarating.
The third, ‘Between Two Worlds,’ explores life-changing events, caught between, out of sync or in transition – that uncomfortable feeling – like you don’t quite belong in this place or time.
Karen uses layers of hand painted and found digital textures to blur the lines between reality and fantasy.
Three Art Loft photography students will also display their work; Elizabeth Tranzillo, Lean Faber, and Catharine McCann as well as Art Loft instructor Debbie Gay.
It is sure to be an exciting show!