Exploring Light and Shadow Art Exhibition
Welcome to the mesmerizing world of our Light and Shadow Art Exhibition. Prepare to embark on a captivating artistic journey where light dances and shadows come alive on the canvas. This carefully curated exhibition showcases the remarkable talent of artists who have skillfully harnessed the interplay of light and shadow to evoke depth, mood, and intrigue in their artwork. Immerse yourself in a collection that explores the transformative power of illumination, revealing hidden narratives and breathtaking beauty. Join us as we celebrate the artistry of light and shadow, inviting you to experience the enchantment and wonder that awaits.
Best in Show
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“Two of a Kind”
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
My aunt was an artist, so I developed an interest in art through her work when I was in my early twenties. When I first started painting, people laughed at my work. Art did not come easy for me. My husband said, “Honey, art is obviously not your thing, so why don’t you give it up and find another hobby.” Yes, I’m still married to him! This just determined me to try harder. I didn’t give up, and it took five years before I was able to frame, sign and sell my first piece of work. I could suddenly see light and shadow, form and shapes. I later entered my work into regional, national, and international shows and began taking awards. Although my style has been realism, I started doing abstracts last year. I have worked in most of the two-dimensional mediums, including printmaking, silk fusion, acrylic, watercolor. I also created nuno felt fashion designs. When my art becomes easy, I find new challenges. With all my work, I depend on mathematical concepts for my compositions. I am a signature member of ISAP, NWWS, CAA, and GWS. My work has been published in several books and has taken numerous international awards.
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners
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“Horizontal Vertigo Vii”
Inspired by the rapid urban development in China, I embarked on an exploration of the concepts of vertigo and the horizon. Vertigo, a type of dizziness characterised by the sensation of movement in the environment, and the horizon, the imaginary boundary of the visible world, became the focal points of my artistic endeavors.
In my series titled “Horizontal Vertigo,” I sought to articulate these concepts through visual experimentation.
To bring my vision to life, I employed the refraction effect of light through prisms. By manipulating this phenomenon, I created a simulated horizon—an illusionary boundary where heavy structures seemed to defy gravity and float in space.
This manipulation of perception allowed me to blur the line between reality and imagination, challenging viewers to question their own senses and perceptions of the urban environment.
In order to capture the essence of this visual exploration, I chose to work with black and white film and a Nikon F1 camera. I framed each shot, considering composition and perspective to enhance the disorienting effect of vertigo.
Ferney is a visual artist based in China, characterised for his profound exploration of photography over the course of a decade. As an artist, Ferney has developed a strong preference for analogue photography, considering it an indispensable tool for his creative pursuits. Within this medium, he explores the symbiotic relationship between presence and absence when engaging with his subjects.
Continuously driven by curiosity, he consistently ventures into the realm of chemical processes in film development and the intricate mechanics of the camera itself. By delving deeply into the research of composition, particularly in relation to framing and time, Ferney questions the boundaries of what a photograph can encapsulate. The complete extension of the negative becomes an integral element in his image-making, serving as a means of representation and a deliberate response to the nuances of perception.
I am an engineer who wants to be a photographer, a photographer who wants to be an artist. I have shipped products with some of the best and brightest people that I have ever met. And I have seen amazing photographers at work and learned a lot from them as well.
So, what does that make me?
Not much of anything, but someone that appreciates great engineering, great art and the dedication that is needed to do either. From time to time, I get to experience how a perfectly engineered design feels just like a piece of amazing art..
Oil paint on Birch panel
Combining a formal atelier education with energetic ink washes on paper, Tanya Wischerath paints the vibrant LGBTQ culture present in her everyday life in San Francisco. Her painting practice orbits around notions of truth, fiction and historicity via figurative depictions of known and unknown, remembered and forgotten people and places. By painting folks and places who have been made invisible by traditional western methods of record keeping, she complicates ideas of captial “H” history, marking her canvas instead with a smaller local history, the actual story of lives lived, the small feats of queer thriving and surviving, which fall beyond the scopes of heteronormative history telling.
Bars and nightlife have historically been gathering points for queer and trans folks, places where their bodies and desires are not policed by heteronormative culture, and important sites of living and mostly unrecorded histories. Wischerath’s current body of work, “Empyrean Dive”, is a collection of large ink and oil paintings on paper depicting cultural landscape of queer spaces in the Mission District of San Francisco; funneling the memory of queer spaces past into the depictions of the ones that remain. Her paintings are investigations of connectivity, examining which stories shape our most personal identification. What do we adapt from a collective consciousness but name our own for the sake of survival and flourish? Highly autobiographical, Wischerath’s work asks how shared histories become extensions of our present lives, informing our actions, choices, and sense of self.