The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) invites you to the exhibition LAURA PARKER – IMAGINING INFINITY that will open on April 8, 2017 with an artist reception at SPARC Gallery, located at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street.
Laura Parker’s work engages multiples processes, including photography, drawing, and printmaking. For her exhibition at SPARC Gallery, she selected examples from her “Rubbings” and “Photo-Drawings” series, which explore abstract patterns, tracings, and movements of lights against neutral backgrounds. Her work, simultaneously “real” and evocative beyond its physical manifestations, engages the concept of infinity. As she notes, “each rubbed image starts as a circle, and in some way, ends as a circle. There is a ‘print’ (the physical rubbing) on top of a print (the photograph). One picks up where the other leaves off; there is no discernable end.” For her abstract “photo-drawings” she used the planet Jupiter as a point source of light to ‘draw’ with. Focusing on ‘endlessness’ and using a slow, multi-second shutter speed, she moved her camera, trained on the tiny, but bright point that is Jupiter, in a series of gestural shapes that equally evoke the intimate and timeless, allowing viewers to question perceived notions of time and space.
Parker’s photography, animation and installations have been shown at museums, galleries and alternative spaces across the United States and abroad. She earned her BFA, Magna cum Laude, from UCLA and her MFA from the California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, CA. She currently lives in Altadena and teaches digital and analog photography from home (where she maintains a darkroom) and at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.
The artist reception will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm and is open to the public. The SPARC Gallery is located at 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030. After this date, you can see the exhibit Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm or by appointment. Arrangements can be made by calling 626-441-2339.
Photo: Laura Parker art
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