Horizon: Photography by Julia Forrest – Artist Reception
Enjoy complementary wine and cheese at MIDOMA gallery as they present Julia Forrest‘s newest photography series “Horizon” as well as her series “Illusion”. There will be live music, as well as a fashion show by designer Paul Carroll.
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545 8th ave, suite 750 (btwn 37th st and 38th st)
New York, NY
Show is open for public viewing October 18th-Novemeber 16th, 2012
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
A woman presents herself within the landscape. She turns a mirror towards the viewer, breaking up the solid environment. She interacts with the landscape she wanders in, blending into the background, changing with scale, or holding a part of the landscape itself. The whole image becomes a pictorial illusion and as the photographer, I am in complete control of the composition.
In reference to greek mythological stories of goddesses, these women look gentle and fragile, yet posses a strong power. Without seeing their faces the identity becomes unimportant, the focus being on their performance. The variety of mirrors I use help them blend into their surroundings, the mirror serving as an illusion to show off their power by changing the landscape at will.
Using a medium format film camera and no digital manipulation, I create an illusion within the lens. I am inspired by Pictoralist photographers and how they create a purely photographic reality in their images. Early 20th century photographer Anne Brigman seamlessly meets the human figure with a surreal landscape. Her figures have the same powerful presence that I strive to create in my photographs. Shooting in black and white, I make a historical reference to this period. I use Infrared film to emphasize the grain and to create a more surreal and distant reality. I challenge the notion of the landscape by referencing what makes a photograph: the women use their mirror to re-frame what I have framed and capture in their mirror like a camera captures in the lens.
About the artist:
Julia Forrest is a Brooklyn based artist with a recent BFA in fine art photography. She works completely in film and prints all images within a darkroom built in her tiny apartment. Her own artwork has always been top priority in her life and in this digital world, she continues to remain with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefer to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what can be done within it. She create surreal environments, tricking the camera into what it sees.