Main Street Arts, 20 W. Main St., Clifton Springs, will showcase “Unknown, Overlooked and Unfamiliar,” a photography exhibit by Jasna Bogdanovska and Nigel Maister, of Rochester, and Harry Littell, of Ithaca, on Feb. 24-March 30.
Each series of images investigates unique and distinct subject matter, but with similar motivations.
“These images aim to reflect an imaginative or emotional view of trees, foliage and flora — sometimes menacing, sometimes confounding, sometimes barely discernible, but always acted upon by the imagination,” Maister said. “This series is about how we see and imagine the unseen, and reconstitute it in our minds as an emotional graphic simulacrum of the ‘real’.”
The artists are involved with their own current body of work, each with distinct meaning and visual aesthetic. Their images include concepts such as the notions of identity, a connection to a place and time and exploring the hidden aspects of reality or daily life.
“Houses, stores, schools, factories, signs, theaters, industries and religious buildings — the constructed environments which shelter and shape us also reflect our history, values, struggles and ambitions,” Littell said. “Although some edifices appear entrenched and timeless, all things are in flux as creative destruction reshapes towns and cities and people.”
The possibility of what exists on the periphery or underneath a crumbling facade are sources of inspiration. These meditations lead viewers to question or confront their own identities.
“Born and raised in the Republic of Macedonia, I came to the U.S. as a teenager,” Bogdanovska said. “Since I moved, I have always felt that I’ve had two homes. Two lives, but one biography. Being split between two different places, there always has been a tension between the old and the new, the familiar and unfamiliar, belonging and being an outsider.”
The gallery will host an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. Wine and snacks will be served. An artist talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 10.
Admission is free. Main Street Arts is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays-Saturdays.
Call (315) 462-0210, email mstreetarts@gmail.com or visit mainstreetartsgallery.com for information.