November 24, 2015

Tracey Snelling ~ One Thousand Shacks opening reception

photo by Styrous®

Last Friday I attended the opening reception for One Thousand Shacks, which is the latest multimedia installation of Tracey Snelling. It was mind-blowing as well as a lot of fun from the moment you entered the space which belongs to Idan Levin. At the entrance to the space is a vintage, pink and white camper. Ummm . . . 

 entrance to the exhibition
photo by Styrous®

Levin had three of his works on display as well. 

Idan Levin ~ Digital Photo-Composites
photo by Styrous®

Says Levin of his work: 
“‘My subjects are often normal, everyday places that are made unique through access, vantage point, and time. Exposing places in unusual ways results in an intimate view which penetrates into private or exclusive areas. The images evoke the experience of sweeping movement through space, often translating to the progression of projects or events moving through time, i.e. ‘life in the fast lane’ as opposed to ‘cross-town traffic’.”

Also showing with Snelling and Levin was Sharaine Bell, a graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is based on tragic events, the latest work the tsunami event in 2011. I remember watching this happen live on network broadcast. I tried to get a shot of her work but none of them turned out. I will have to go back and try again. It's pretty powerful work. Bell says . . .
“The increasing imbalance between civilization and nature drives me to explore the force of nature’s impact on manmade structures. These images are a reflection of my fixation on the seemingly effortless erasure of structures from a particular space. There is recognition of the stillness in the moments after total devastation and the physical and emotional void that is left in the wake of a disaster.

The compositions are meant to communicate nature’s successful attempt to assert its inherent randomness despite our increasingly structured encasement. They are commentaries on the disruption and resilience of natural systems.”

John Wood is in the background
photo by Styrous®

Tracey Snelling statement
"Largely due to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, between 1990 and 2015 the amount of people living in extreme poverty has been reduced by half. Yet with over 1.5 billion people still living in extreme poverty, a 2030 goal has been set to free the world from extreme poverty and hunger. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that while extreme poverty continues to be one of the main challenges of our time, and is a major concern of the international community, ending this scourge will require the combined efforts of governments, society, organizations, and the private sector."

photo by Styrous®

Powerful work, Guys!

Styrous® ~ Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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