Larry Chait | Katsy Johnson
November 29 - December 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 5-7 pm
Conversation with the Artists: Thursday, December 13 at 7 pm
All events are free and open to the public.
Hours: Thursday - Saturday: 12:00-6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm
Noir | Larry Chait
To create his series, Chait used images that he appropriated from old photos, TV shows, movies and photos by and of himself. In many of the images, he made himself the protagonist. Sometimes he donned disguises to "thwart and confuse his enemies."
Chait also developed a procedure in Photoshop® to mimic the look of Seurat's drawings, down to the type of textured paper that the artist used. As a final homage to Seurat, Chait drew on his prints with black conté crayon.
Pretty Dark Things | Katsy Johnson
This story sparked Johnson into venturing on to other beautiful settings with somber backstories. In her series “Pretty Dark Things,” she chose not to relate the scenarios as documentaries. Instead, she has developed a multimedia process of hand coloring her photographs and using layers of acrylic to conjure up bucolic scenes that have the effect of looking like vintage reverse glass paintings.
Through this process, Johnson has taken situations involving fleeing refugees, environmental dangers, mental illness and poverty, and transformed them into best supporting actors to the staid, but beautiful backgrounds in which they were photographed.