Statement

“The peculiar characteristics of photography and it’s approaches have opened up a new and immensely fantastic field for a creative human being: a new magical territory, for the discovery of which freedom is the first prerequisite. …Whenever we want to force this ‘Photo matter’ to yield new forms, we must be prepared for a journey of discovery, we must start without any preconceptions; most of all, we must be open to the beauties of fortuity. Here more than anywhere else, these beauties, wandering and extravagant, obligingly enrich our fantasies.” -Höch, H., ‘A few words on photomontage’ in Cut with the Kitchen Knife: The Weimar Photomontages of Hannah Höch

Continuing that journey of discovery, my collages and photomontages are made by cobbling together work from disparate snippets of media, mass-marketing, advertisements, newspapers and photographs, type and found objects, the detritus of my yesterdays, lost and found and given a place. A photographer frames her perception, parts of the whole result in images with their own reality. I photograph the collages and use that as the raw material for my electronically manipulated photomontages and collages.

This work is the outcome of my journey to force this ‘Photo matter’ into new forms. The resulting portraits and photo-scapes contain much of the same “genetic” material but have their own reality and their own discovery.

DJA

  • The language of adornment is not only about embellishment, it can also be used to expose, to conceal or to protect. Decoration can be an expression of comfort in the world - exteriority, or it can be an armor used in a need for external protection – interiority. It can also be a symbol of metamorphosis. Humans are not absolute, but transformative and emergent. Through symbols and metaphor, we have the unique capacity to imagine and create new things. This show will examine the work of artists utilizing these three approaches to ornamentation, using it to refine our understanding of contemporary culture, as a reflection of our collective experiences and to try to anticipate what is in store for us. The multifaceted connections between the internal; external and virtual are distilled into hybrid creations that illustrate a deeper sense of social reality in a changing world. The artists who will be included in this show are: Reign Apiims - http://www.palaisapiim.com/ Simone Leigh - http://www.simoneleigh.com/ Cibele Viera - http://www.cibelevieira.com/ Gabriel J. Shuldiner - http://gabrieljshuldiner.com/ Carla Gannis - 8http://carlagannis.com/ Kumasi J. Barnett - http://www.kumasijbarnett.com/ Denise Adler - http://www.deniseadler.com/ Mary Jones - http://maryjonesstudio.com/
  • Cultural Guerrillas // Hudson Guild Gallery // Jan 16, 2014
  • SCOPE Art Fair // Miami Beach 2013 // Dec 2013