'Perhaps in a Dream' slated
— “Perhaps in a Dream,” an exhibit of photography by Joe Statuto, opens with a reception on Friday, June 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery.
The exhibit will be on view through July 6
An opening reception will take place from 7–9 p.m. on Friday, June 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The digital photography series “Perhaps in a Dream” is a study in metaphor and symbolism. Artist Joe Statuto was inspired in part by the surreal writings of Jorge Luis Borges in creating these dreamlike, illusory scenes where common objects seem to take on profound meaning.
Trained as an oil and watercolor painter, Statuto was drawn to digital photography about 10 years ago because of its particular plasticity.
“Applying my knowledge of composition and rendering as a painter, I began to create composite digital images, blending parts of several photographs to create the final images. The digital medium allowed me to create dream-like surreal images that felt right to me.”
The formation of these images generally starts with photographing interesting open spaces in museums or empty rooms, for example, where the space may be dramatically lit.
Digitally added to these “backdrops” various objects complete the composite composition. Shadow, texture and other visual enhancements further accent the ambience and psychological effect.
“If the images evoke interest and cause the viewers to take a second look, and possibly speculate as to what is going on in a particular image, then I have succeeded,” Statuto says.
Statuto is based in Clarks Summit.
Free and open to the public, the exhibit is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the Arts Council for Sullivan County, New Yord, and is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Alliance Gallery is located at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about the exhibit call 845-252-7576 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.