Perceptive Dimension Exhibit
Exhibit dates: September 9 - October 8, 2017
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday, September 9 from 6-8pm.
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Perceptive Dimension features two new photographic series by regional artists Carolyn Conrad and Scott Farrell.  On exhibit are works that reveal the artists’ sensitivity and awareness of the integral spatial and dimensional aspects of varied scenes.

Carolyn Conrad’s continuation on minimalist handmade constructions portrays more intimate and less temporal domestic spaces than her previously exhibited expansive rural scenes.  Using the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography, she has taken a new direction with color, tone, space, light source, and perspective to create an exterior landscape that offers balance, harmony, and a respite from an internal world - houses that we know may not be empty or simple inside.

Ms. Conrad states, “My works in Perceptive Dimension continue my mission photographing small-scale, hand-built constructions.  Taking this new direction, color has become neutralized and the grey scale is now my palette.  Backdrops are traditional drawing papers layered with pastel colors.  In most images there is no visible light source, no longer strong shadows casting solace over a rural landscape, no narrative.

What is most apparent is the use of space, now a shallow intimate space.  A sharp focus, delineated dark or white edges, and textured surfaces pull a flattened structure to the foreground.  Forms in the background are blurred, colors muted, and a constructed setting with a corner, walls and floors, ironically allows me to move the houses round like furniture in a room.  I photograph the “room” with natural light.  These ironically staged images seem to ask but don’t tell.  What are the answers to these abstract puzzles?  Although there are no clear answers, my intent is to simplify the visual elements to get there.”

Scott Farrell has abstracted sizeable vivid and textural landscapes from weathered surfaces that, in reality, are temporary and may have measured only one or two feet wide.  His new series of images includes visions of multi-dimensional mountain ranges, deserts, coastlines and beaches that have deceptively appeared on surfaces of boats in dry dock throughout the Northeast.

Mr. Farrell notes, “Seemingly endless and remote with a scope that appears expansive, these multi-dimensional landscapes actually exist within small planar areas.  Texture plays an integral role in defining these abstract landscapes, where polished or worn layers of paint give a different dimensional feel, creating spatial relations within the scenes, and give the appearance of tangible foregrounds against distant backgrounds.  

Color further influences the interpretation of each image where soft, earth tones create warm compositions of beaches; bright colors enhance desert vistas; while contrasting views of polar ice caps and snow-covered mountains are imagined through varying shades of blues, blacks and cool whites.” 

All works in this exhibit are available framed or unframed.  Physical works do not contain watermark. 
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