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Opening Reception: Shawn Saumell - a ply + in a moment

Opening Reception: Shawn Saumell - a ply + in a moment

Shawn Saumell Grind

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Sat., Nov. 11, 5-8 p.m. 2017
Free

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JM Gallery
1722 Routh Street, Suite 106
Dallas, Texas  75201
469-779-6955
Shawn Saumell returns with two bodies of work, a ply and in a moment…for a moment, asking us to reconsider our understanding of photography and perception. With a ply, Shawn explores our perceptions of reality and the way photographs "represent" that reality. On one level, these are simply images of tissues suspended in space and photographed. But they are much more than pictures "of" tissues. Disassociated from its original context, the physical reality of the tissue transforms into something else. Undulating, overlapping planes float in a mysterious space and appear as anything from metaphysical landscapes to conceptual architecture. As Shawn explains, "A clean pure energy is charged from the taint of our daily lives teetering on the idea of an aesthetic truth." in a moment…for a moment explores our notion of time and moments. It is often said that photographs capture "moments," but what is a moment? And can we capture a moment to dwell in it without the effects of time? We think of moments as points in time, distinct from the past and the future. Such moments, though, are meaningful only in light of our memories of the past and our expectations for the future. Neither past nor future, each moment becomes the past in an instant—in a moment?—as we flow, unceasing, into the future. These images, themselves captured moments, evoke the ephemeral nature of time and memory and question what it means to exist in a moment.

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