"Scales of Perception" is a three-person show between artists Joe Addison (photography), Jamie Danielle Hardy (installation) and Nadia Shinkunas (paintings and sculpture). Each working in distinctly different media, the artists overlap in their investigations of how light and perspective alters what viewers see on the outside and, in turn, feel on the inside. Changes are felt incrementally as shapes move forward and backward, from architectural to microscopic, and between light and shadow.
The exhibition will be shown in the Michael Phipps Gallery from July 6-September 3. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, July 6, from 4-6 p.m., with a discussion with the artists around 5 p.m.
In the series, Nocturnes, multiple negatives are paired with musical scores from Chopin's Nocturnes to convey a connection between the reminiscent feeling while considering personal memories and classical music. Rather than showing the descriptive side of photograph, these images are intended to comment on the emotions that were being captured through movement and use of color/light. These chromogenic prints were made traditionally, in a color darkroom through manipulation of ink, paper, and the use of multiple negatives.
I capture moments on video, generally still and up to a minute in length. Only the subtle movement within the frame and changing sound references the passing time. I then give life to the tiny nuances of color and shifts in light by placing delicate objects in the path of the projection.
My work is methodical and meditative in nature. Allowing me the opportunity to focus on the concept of memory and the intricacies and depth within each fleeting moment.
My art is about shadows, negative space, and details perceived as insignificant, but couldn't be farther from that. We absorb a massive amount of visual information daily, but do we really comprehend what we see? In this fast paced world, I focus on how seemingly minuscule variables, e.g. light, shadow, location; constantly alter our perceptions without us even noticing.
I imagine being able to see multiple perspectives existing in the same placeand time, and what that might look like. Exercising the mind this way allows one to see more of the infinite possibilities in both art and life. When we open ourselves up to new experiences, new paths are created in our brain, like taking a different road home. Instead of robotically repeating remembered rituals, we begin to see new avenues, new methods. Instead of coasting, we can drive.