Irmari Nacht PhotoCollages at Art on Main Gallery during May-June
Irmari Nacht of Englewood, NJ and South Egremont, MA will be showing photocollage assemblages from her "Facades/Background" series and "Pages " series at Art on Main, the Gallery at Barnbrook Realty in Great Barrington, MA from May 3 through June 26. In this show, the artist uses one or more photographs to create compound or fragmented images exploring the concepts of altered realism, segueing of colors, and multiple imagery.
Irmari Nacht’s art is in many corporate and public collections, such as AT&T, PSE&G, ADP, Newark Museum, International Museum of Collage, Mexico, Bowdoin College, Jimmy Carter Museum, Cleveland Institute of Art, Rutgers University, and Yale Art Museum. She has exhibited internationally, as well as nationally, and received two NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Sculpture. She received a second Puffin Foundation Grant for “Who Am I?” an interactive project where the viewer becomes part of the artwork.
Her work has been recently exhibited in the Newark Museum, NJ State Museum, Berkshire Museum, Belskie Museum, NJ, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, MA, Doverodde Book Arts Festival, Denmark, Westport Library, Conn, WAH Center, NY, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, ME, Univ of Northampton, UK, and in solo shows at the Atrium Gallery, Bard College at Simon's Rock, MA and the Intermezzo Gallery, BergenPAC, NJ.
The “Facades/Backgrounds” series, uses small round raised pictures to tell a story that relates to the larger images. Nacht explained, "Because the work appears on two planes, you can see the images in details or fragments, as well as viewing it as a larger, complex picture." In “Cellphonia” and “Glitterati” Nacht depicts celebrities as well as everyday people in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. The “Sunset Segue” pieces explore the relationship of color placement - the changes of light, tone, and mood as one color is placed next to another.
The photo collage series "Pages" incorporates the ancient technique of encaustics, the traditional media of painting, photography, photogram, recycled objects, with the contemporary methods of computer enhancements. The inclusion of written materials from books - words, sentences, fragments, and slivers - add another dimension imparting information and new ideas. The images of shadows and reflections through windows, clouds on a beautiful sunny day and during the deepening skies of sunset, artifacts of murders, money from around the world, fasteners and unfasteners, tiny watch parts and metal shavings are unified by slivers of cut-up book pages and the grid format.
The public is invited to the opening reception Saturday, May 17 from 5-7pm at Art On Main, the Gallery at Barnbrook Realty, 271 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. The gallery is open from May 3 to June 27 during Barnbrook's regular business hours, usually 10 - 5 everyday. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check her websites: irmari.com, or for book works, irmarinacht.shutterfly.com