Friday, June 22, 2012

Unique Approaches to the Still Life

                                    Shaker Pails by Sharon Lips

Around the House: Still-life by the Berkshire Photography Group
May 12, 2012 to July 6, 2012

The theme for this show is the still-life which presents the challenge for the artist to transform the mundane, everyday objects from around the house into an artistic photographic statement.  Stylistically, the members of this group are as different as onions and oranges.

Generally, still-life refers to any image containing one or more inanimate objects either in an outdoor or interior setting.  In contemporary photography circles, the subject matter has expanded beyond fruits and vegetables on a table though these are still perfectly acceptable objects to photograph.  Light is the subject in all photography but it usually has the starring role in the still-life.  Some still- life compositions speak with heavy undertones letting us see into the holes and intimacy that resides in the home and in the frame.  Some set a mood of airiness and simplicity and act as portraits of the inhabitants themselves. The figure may be present but is not the main idea of the image.

The mission of Art On Main is to bring art into the daily lives of our community and this show provides a glimpse of how the artist’s approach to their everyday surroundings can be elevated to something new and sometimes sacred.

Art On Main is positioned in the center of town at 271 Main Street at Barnbrook Realty.  The gallery is open during regular business hours, 10 – 5, including Saturday and Sunday.

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