Surroundingsfeaturing: Joseph DeFay and Alan Klawans
This show runs from April 5, 2018 until May 6, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7, 2-5 pm
Artists' Gallery is pleased to present "Surroundings," an exhibition featuring the graphic art of Alan J. Klawans and the photographs of Joseph DeFay. The show runs from Thursday, April 5, through Sunday, May 6, 2018. A reception with the artists will be held at the gallery from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Contemporary life has always affected Alan's art. "The ideas for my work are from observations I have made of my daily life, my family, people I have known, books I have read, movies that I have seen and television I have watched. The events that I have experienced during my life have been, as with most peoples' lives, both mundane and of great importance. My reflections on these events have provided me with an inexhaustible source of ideas for my work. The materials and technical processes used to create my pictures constantly change in order to express my ideas. My digital printmaking is the result of my background as a graphic designer and a traditional contemporary printmaker".
"During my travels, either local or abroad, I have always experienced a sense of place. Although my art is very abstract, I have tried to express that feeling of the places that I have been".
Joseph's photographs tend to pull out the simpler aspects of everyday life so they can be seen with a renewed beauty, and an exciting new perspective. "A completely open mind, favoring no particular philosophy, allows me to fully accept what each raw opportunity to create provides, and decide if it is to be refined and shared. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in their surroundings. Traditional artistic concerns prove an interesting challenge when capturing people, places, or objects in the moment, but are always held in high regard".