I REALLY DO BELIEVE THE BEST THING A PERSON CAN DO WITH THEMSELVES IS TO EXPAND THEIR MIND
April 3 - May 10
Opening Reception April 3, 7:00 – 9:00
I REALLY DO BELIEVE THE BEST THING A PERSON CAN DO WITH THEMSELVES IS TO EXPAND THEIR MIND is a new series of works by Elizabeth Zvonar that is comprised of collage work alongside straight photography. This mixture of collage and photography presented by Zvonar, challenges the representational modes of the photographic image. By using analogue methods of cutting, pasting, scanning and finally enlarging the final print, the artist has dislodged the images from their original contexts, creating new narratives and expanding the image’s possibilities. This particular series of collage appropriates images from both fashion magazines and coffee table books with landscape and starscape spreads.
However, the photographs that have been inserted into the exhibition have not been manipulated by any means. These images nevertheless work in the same manner as the collage pieces. Playing with reflections in glass windows and other forms of photographic distortion, the images confuse and disorient the viewer and two realities intersect.
Zvonar’s choice to amalgamate these two approaches of image making sets up expectations in the viewer that continue to be ruptured. The works act as a whole, drawing metaphysical parallels between themselves and an allusion to our connection to a larger whole, far bigger and far more powerful than we are able to understand.