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Richard Gardner & Michelle Carollo – SPARKBOOM Kick Off Event
April 5, 2013 @ 8:00 am - April 26, 2013 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
New York Underground
Photographs by Richard Gardner
The main objective of the artist/photographer Richard Gardner is to translate explicit reality, that which is perceived by the naked eye, into a new personal truth – a reality implicit through the subconscious.
New York City and especially its subway has always been a gritty, blurry tableau. This artist bears witness to urban humanity struggling to avoid eye contact and striving to remain autonomous within a densely populated and unnaturally constricted space. The imagery is inherently grainy and strikingly high-contrast, and the complexity of this theme begs the use of the black and white medium.
All of the images for this exhibit are printed on aluminum plates. In each photograph, where the artist excludes imagery, crafting white space, the space is replaced and reality subtly altered through the introduction of an inorganic material. Through this medium, a biomechanical energy is imbued thus enhancing the artist’s vision of a consciously disconnected, present-day dystopia.
In A Split
Installation by Michelle Carollo
In this exhibition, Carollo presents In A Split, a work which functions as both installation and wall hanging, with numerous elements of aluminum, plastic, metal and wood protruding out into the gallery space. The piece primarily abstract in vein, is meant to highlight questions of boundaries both literal and figurative asking viewers to navigate contours of the edge.
April 6, 2013 is the kickoff event for SPARKBOOM held at the fotofoto gallery. fotofoto gallery is one of twelve partners committed to highlighting the high level of innovative artistic and cultural resources surrounding the Huntington hub. SPARKBOOM is a collective initiative to create vibrant events and opportunities that foster Long Island’s emerging creative talent. April – September, 2013