≤196 at Shore Institute of Contemporary Art

I’m pleased to announce that my work “SHARK!” is to be included in the juried group exhibition “≤196” at Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts in Long Branch, New Jersey. The show runs from February 11, 2011 to April 8, 2011, with the opening reception on February 13, 2011, from 3-6 p.m.

The title of the show represents the theme that the work is to be small, i.e. less than or equal to 196 square inches. This is not a theme that suggests a type of work to send for judging, so I looked to my most recent photographs to select something to enter. The previous weekend I photographed the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge, and in reviewing my photos, I found the two above, taken at different times, that combine to make a diptych. With the horizons aligned and colors adjusted to match, they look almost like one photo, but they play with the viewer with inconsistencies in the sky and water. Notice the common edge, where it looks like there is a complete woman. Actually the arm on the left belongs to someone else!

I normally don’t like to title my works, because a title offers an interpretation to viewers that may prevent them from inventing their own stories. However, here I like playing with perception. This scene is not a summer shark attack at all. But how often do you see a large group of people screaming and running out of the sea? Studying the scene as a shark attack reveals inconsistencies, such as some people smiling, one woman wearing a winter hat, and a photographer in the water with the bathers.

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