Larry Chait and Katsy Johnson: November 29 - December 30, 2018

Noir | Larry Chait
      Larry Chait’s Noir series represents a synthesis of his love of film noir and of Georges Seurat's black conté crayon drawings from the mid-1880's. According to Chait, "Seurat's drawings are blurry, dark, mysterious and very photographic in the sense that they contain almost no visible contour lines; shapes are defined entirely by changes in tone."
      To create his series, Chait used images that he appropriated from old photos, TV shows, movies and photos by and of himself. In many of the images, he made himself the protagonist. Sometimes he donned disguises to "thwart and confuse his enemies." 
      Chait also developed a procedure in Photoshop® to mimic the look of Seurat's drawings, down to the type of textured paper that the artist used. As a final homage to Seurat, Chait drew on his prints with black conté crayon.

To see more of Larry Chait's photo-based art, go to www.larrychait.com.

 
Pretty Dark Things | Katsy Johnson
      In 2016, Katsy Johnson encountered a delightful, little blue boat that had washed up on a picture-perfect beach in the Florida Keys. She later came to find out that the boat, packed with 20 Cuban refugees, had almost capsized during a storm at sea. The survivors narrowly escaped death, thanks to a last-minute rescue by the Coast Guard, which abandoned the sinking vessel to the Atlantic Ocean.
      This story sparked Johnson into venturing on to other beautiful settings with somber backstories. In her series “Pretty Dark Things,” she chose not to relate the scenarios as documentaries. Instead, she has developed a multimedia process of hand coloring her photographs and using layers of acrylic to conjure up bucolic scenes that have the effect of looking like vintage reverse glass paintings. 
      Through this process, Johnson has taken situations involving fleeing refugees, environmental dangers, mental illness and poverty, and transformed them into best supporting actors to the staid, but beautiful backgrounds in which they were photographed.

Katsy Johnson's photo-based art can be viewed at www.katsyjohnson.com.
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