Location: Michele Tuegel Contemporary Gallery, 320 Central Avenue, downtown St. Petersburg
Event: Second Saturday Gallery Walk: March 8, 2014 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Featured: Shirley Drevich : iSee New iPhoneography Images on Aluminum and Etching Paper
William Owen : Ongoing demonstration of Exotic Hardwood ‘Dream Boxes & Altars’
Exhibit Dates: [Extended] February 8 – March 22, 2014
Description: Due to overwhelming response and a desire to learn more about the new process of iPhoneography, the exhibition of Shirley Drevich’s photographic images printed on aluminum and paper has been extended through Saturday, March 22nd.
‘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 or 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 – allowing the real image to become ‘hyper-real’ and then transforming the hyper-real into art. The iPhone images printed 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, in this case Florida flora and fauna, 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.
NEW: A highlight of the March Second Saturday Art Walk (March 8th) will be an informal meet and greet with new gallery artist William Owen, a self-taught St. Petersburg woodworker. Owens’ laminated, exotic hardwood constructions are whimsical as well as magically mystifying — as each piece unearths hidden containers and boxes within boxes. He will be talking about his work, the symbolism each piece carries, and his life’s influences throughout the evening while demonstrating his carving and wood-combining techniques. Although the finished works are abstract in nature, viewers interpret the sculptures as ships, altars, waves, architectural towers – even the city’s iconic inverted pyramid pier. This event is free and open to the public and in cooperation with all galleries and studios downtown as part of the Arts Association St. Petersburg.
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