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January 13, 2012 > One Eye Shut

One Eye Shut

"To the attentive eye each moment of the year has its own beauty and in the same field it beholds every hour a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

From Cicero (106-43 B.C.) to Shakespeare, writings and proverbs of many cultures have linked human eyes to the soul and spirit of man. It is said that through these "windows," true feelings and the essence of personal thoughts are communicated to others. "One Eye Shut," a photographic exhibit showing at Olive Hyde Art Gallery through February 4, 2012 serves as a window for visitors to sample the insight of those who use a camera lens as a their connection to the world around us.

Through a variety of medium, styles and subjects, a group of photographers have been selected to display their sight and interpretations of a myriad of feelings and moods. Among the 11 artists represented in One Eye Shut, Richard Leon says his scenic photos of the California coastline and Napa Valley allow him to "see the world one moment at a time, one experience at a time." He adds that the moments observed and captured "filter through my mind, consciousness and heart."

Another photographic artist contributing to the exhibit, Michael Puff is a former theater set designer and scenic artist whose alter ego is a computer programmer. Exploring a variety of art forms since age five, he states that he prefers surreal expression. "Like theater, it is innovative, thought-provoking, and plays with reality and illusion." Some of his work is shown using a unique platinum/palladium printing process.

Three dimensional objects are converted to a print or copy with "a limited degree of accuracy and an inevitable degree of distortion and deterioration" in presentations by Rene Bien. She says it mimics "the process of remembering and of the passing of time." Another artist, Barbara Kyne, tries to connect emotional content and convey "how it feels to be connected to something aesthetically and emotionally." In a series of blurred images, "bodies and artworks are stripped of narrative and yet rich in color, shape, light and energy."

These artists represent just a sample of the visual experience available now at One Eye Shut through February 4, 2012 at Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont. Peek through the lens of 11 artists - Rene Bien, Margaret Ann Cockrell, Annie Frantzeskos, Barbara Kyne, Ace Lehner, Richard Leon, Matthias Leue, Bill McClaren, Michael Puff, John Ricca and Mary K. Shisler - and explore the soul of photography.

One Eye Shut
Through February 4
Thursday - Sunday: 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357

Works displayed in this exhibit are available for purchase.

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