Artist reception: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:30-9:30pm
Exhibit: March 24, 2011 – May 17, 2011
Rachel Labrucherie – “Travelscapes and Airports”
In a world dominated by technology and extravagance, there seems to be no place for minimalism. Neon signs, shopping malls and massive billboards contribute to an abundance of consumerism. Travelscapes and the Everyday World is a break from the visual noise we encounter in our lives. The series’ use of negative space makes the obvious objects become obscure among their surroundings: a coffee cup next to a graffiti wall, or a fan in the desert. This body of work has come from a decade of experiences and an allure for commonplace things. Looking for extraordinary detail, vivid colors and a visually arresting image, I strive to stay true to an obvious/obscured idea. Through this juxtaposition, ordinary subject matter becomes an object of beauty in an overstimulated world.
In the series Takeoffs and Landings the airport may seem to be a simple contribution to the modern world, but the complexities behind its walls are quite a thing to marvel at. Most people have flown the friendly skies; carrying heavy luggage, waiting in daunting lines and all the while focusing on themselves. Very few take in the psychical space around them, blindly getting from one destination to another. A place known to be busy, crowded and at times chaotic can also be a place of peace and emptiness. We take these modern amenities for granted and see them as a necessity not a luxury. This is a look at what we rarely think of when we go to fly; the quiet moments while we board, and the objects around us that exude beauty, stillness and a moment of reflection.
Sponsored by Richard Photo Lab.