Join JM Gallery this Saturday, November 11, from 5 until 8 for our opening reception featuring photography by Shawn Saumell. First 50 guests will receive a complimentary copy of Shawn’s limited edition artist book A Lot to Say.
Shawn Saumell returns with two bodies of work, a ply and in a moment…for a moment, asking us to reconsider our understanding of photography and perception. With a ply, Shawn explores our perceptions of reality and the way photographs “represent” that reality. On one level, these are simply images of tissues suspended in space and photographed. But they are much more than pictures “of” tissues. Disassociated from its original context, the physical reality of the tissue transforms into something else. Undulating, overlapping planes float in a mysterious space and appear as anything from metaphysical landscapes to conceptual architecture. As Shawn explains, “A clean pure energy is charged from the taint of our daily lives teetering on the idea of an aesthetic truth.” in a moment…for a moment explores our notion of time and moments. It is often said that photographs capture “moments,” but what is a moment? And can we capture a moment to dwell in it without the effects of time? We think of moments as points in time, distinct from the past and the future. Such moments, though, are meaningful only in light of our memories of the past and our expectations for the future. Neither past nor future, each moment becomes the past in an instant—in a moment?—as we flow, unceasing, into the future. These images, themselves captured moments, evoke the ephemeral nature of time and memory and question what it means to exist in a moment.
ABOUT JM GALLERY // JM Gallery offers works of art on paper and sculptural forms that engage both the eye and the mind. The gallery promotes artists who create smart, visually compelling work and showcases their art in a space that is inviting and accessible. JM Gallery is committed to working closely with artists as they develop their work and careers and to developing lasting relationships with collectors. In collaboration with area schools and non-profits, they enrich the creative community by teaching artists and collectors about navigating the complex world of art.