Christopher Fraser

Show ran from 1/5/2013 to 2/2/2013

Closing Reception Friday, January 25 from 6-9 pm

TRUST THE PHOTOGRAPH, oil paintings

Christopher Fraser’s paintings are figurative, selected from images that incite an emotional response, or effuse an apparent subliminal understanding that is obvious. The paintings are portraits, snapshots of individual self-awareness as evidence of life. This exhibit, Trust the Photograph, demonstrates an independent style, with broad sweeping brush strokes, intended to capture the individual moment in motion, frozen in time, providing a gateway to contact with the subject. Crossroads arise, decisions are made: left or right, up or down, all in a progression. As a consequence, the destiny is the continuation of the new. Painting allows the artist to expand beyond the snapshot, to amplify and transform into a projection of a living entity. At the same time, the interaction between the image and the artist is a constant dialogue, an intimate creative connection.   

Nicole McCormick Santiago

Show ran from 1/5/2013 to 2/2/2013

Closing Reception Friday, January 25 from 6-9 pm

NICOLE MCCORMICK SANTIAGO,  PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS

In Nicole McCormick Santiago’s Paintings and Drawings, narrative is clearly the driving force behind the work. She strives to create visual narratives that seem to stretch out beyond the moment shown, creating a kind of “thick time.” Her work often portrays residues of the past, and suggestions of the future swirling around the present moment. Santiago also attempts to communicate insight into the social roles and relationships of her painted figures. To accomplish this, she uses the scattered signs of daily existence to communicate the accidental, yet honest, visual storylines that provide indirect insight into the cadence of a daily life.

Granite Amit

Show ran from 1/5/2013 to 2/2/2013

Closing Reception Friday, January 25 from 6-9 pm

HERETICHA BE’EYNECHA, audio-video installation

Hereticha Be’eynecha is an audio video installation by Granite Amit. Using large-scale prints on translucent surfaces, Amit processes texts and ancient melodies from the Hebrew Bible and focuses on a textual junction within the narrative: the end of the journey in the wilderness and the beginning of the narrative of the story of the creation which are always being read together and form a circular dynamic. The installation hopes to challenge inner gestalts and emotional filters that distort realities to fix and to fit to a larger collective narrative. We assume that the text communicates an epic conclusion in which the spiritual leader, Moses, is summoned to the peak of the mountain, shown the Promised Land but is not permitted to enter it. And yet the text simply says “Hereticha Be’eynecha” which translates to “I let you see who you are with your own eyes, The ultimate goal is of self-transformation and actualization: reaching the level of maturity of seeing and claiming the ultimate self and through it one’s responsibilities and connections to its natural and human surroundings.

Special thanks to Donn De Santo, double Bass and sound designer and Debbie Bard and Michael Davis, vocalists.

At the closing reception, January 25, 2013, a special event will take place in memory of Darius McGraw, a participant in the “Recurrent Dream” project, which was supported by ARC gallery. Youth from Darius’s community will present a Hip Hop performance followed by reflections from Camille Odeh.