Location: 320 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Event: Public Reception/Feature Show, Shirley Drevich : iSee
New iPhoneography Images on Aluminum and Etching Paper
Date/Time: Saturday evening, February 8, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 pm [to coincide with Art Association St. Pete’s Second Saturday ArtWalk]
Exhibit Dates: February 8 – March 5, 2014
Description: For over 25 years, Miami artist Shirley Drevich has enjoyed a prestigious, nationwide following for her exquisite sterling silver jewelry line, represented in fine galleries and museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She still makes jewelry, but it has taken second seat over the last few years while her redirected interests have led her to explore brand new territory — even for a seasoned photographer. A big shift and learning curve from an artist known for creating ‘sculptures in miniature’ out of metal — or fine, three-dimensional jewelry — to a two-dimensional format.
‘iPhoneography’ is rapidly catching the eye of the museum curator, as exhibitions begin to evolve specific to this new way of working, seeing, and stripping slices of photography with iPhone applications, creating intense and sometimes very painterly images as a result. Unlike other computer processes which depend on Photoshop, Illustrator or put more simply, “Digital Art” — iPhoneography allows an artist to observe, record and transform images instantaneously using cell phone applications to purposefully change the color, light, texture and ambiance of an image. Shirley calls this process her “app dance.” It is an intuitive process coupled with technology. The iPhone helps make the real ‘hyper-real’ and transforms the hyper-real into art.
Shirley’s inspiration has and continues to be nature: leaves, exotic flowers, trees, birds and the waxing moon at dusk. She especially enjoys the challenge of capturing birds stationary or in flight with the use of an iPhone — and shoots a lot of the stately white Ibis, native to Florida and a bird the ancient Egyptians venerated as the god Thoth. Her manipulation occurs within a very small framework – on the iPhone screen itself – which she then blows up to reproduce onto 12″ squares of aluminum or printed on large sheets of etching paper in small editions. The images on aluminum appear to mimic photography, yet carry an unfamiliar luminosity and vibrancy the human eye does not see in the real world. The images on paper have been manipulated to the point that they could just as easily be etchings or lithographs. It is Drevich’s choice of precise subject matter and the lack of foreground and background that make this body of work so universally appealing.
Shirley received her BFA from Tulane University in ceramics and photography, and pursued post-graduate work in jewelry and metalsmithing at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry. She was a finalist in the first Mobile Phone Awards in 2011 and has exhibited her iPhoneography in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has taught iPhoneography classes at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami since 2011.
Her work is proudly represented in Florida through Michele Tuegel Contemporary.