Opening Reception October 20th, 2012, 6pm – 10pm
On Display: October 20 – December 7, 2012
We are excited to present a solo exhibit of works by abstract painter/photographer, Polly Norman, author of an unusual process of hand painting her own photographs of objects and naturally occurring scenarios using Pennsylvania glass block as a filter.
Norman’s abstract work takes an unusual journey to creation; she shoots high resolution images in black & white through glass block, then adds a layer of photograms and finally hand-paints these archival prints. In Norman’s words, “I am fascinated by the warping the glass block affords. The refraction, reflection and shadowing are more interesting to me than real objects or naturally occurring scenarios. The pieces have an ‘underwater’ appearance that I think is fetching.”
Sometimes Norman simply prints her images ‘as is’ in black and white. “Letting the design dictate is very important in the process of making art. It maximizes the inherent beauty and compelling quality of the pieces. Some of these would have been less effective if more design or color was added,” she says. Norman collects many types of glass block and judicially chooses which ones to use depending upon the subject matter. She primarily employs the “Decora” design because it gently warps and allows more light to come through.
Polly Norman’s artwork has been awarded, published and exhibited nationally, internationally as well as locally. She was a finalist for the 2010 Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship and the 2004 McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowship. Locally, Polly has been represented by Flanders Gallery, Nina Bliese Gallery, Gallery 360 and Gallery 13. She also showed at Amsterdam Whitney in New York and Perfect Pear Gallery in Chicago. Norman is newly represented by The Vickers Collection, Aspen, Colorado.