Show opening at The Williams Gallery

Transcending Realities: The computer art of Dorothy Simpson Krause

Also Featuring Photographs by Robert Ewens and Bill Mathesius


When:   Tuesday, January 2 to Saturday, February 24, 1996
        Opening: Tuesday, January 2nd, 11am-5pm.
        Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm, and by appointment.
About The Exhibit:
Dorothy Simpson Krause is a digital artist of national acclaim who during the last year has created a series of works loosely related to folk and fairy tales, legend, myth, and religion. She often uses several images extracted from art history, combining them to create images that are allegorical in character, and universally meaningful.

Trained as a painter, Krause considers herself a collage-maker, and uses historical and current images as the source material for her work. On view at the Gallery's 8 Chambers Street location, in Princeton. will be several of the art works which are currently being presented on the gallery's web site. Among these are works on paper as well as canvas.

Dorothy Krause says:
"As a digital artist, the computer allows me to change the scale, transparency, color, brightness and contrast of the parts and of the whole. It allows me to experiment endlessly, save variations and make comparisons which I could never do with traditional media."


Also on View:

Photographs by Robert Ewens

A selection from two series of photographic interpretations will be shown, the under constrution series and the mythical west series.

The mythical West is a place of unspoiled wildness and wideness, but it is still mythical. The modern West bears throughout the scars of population: roads, telephone wires, trash, towns, cities. The wonderful contradiction is that a great many people move to the West to get away from people.

They often move to Las Vegas, the fastest-growing city in America and a symbol of America itself: a fantasy in the desert, a climate-controlled daylight-bright grunt of arrogance against Nature, placed in the middle of some of the most inhospitable territory in the country.

In a city of overdecoration, the pyramid of the Luxor casino seems almost understated. Its stark geometry contrasts with the landscape as well as the city, while reminding us of another civilization that built monuments in the desert.

Photographs by Bill Mathesius will also be on exhibit at The Williams Gallery during this time.
The Burano Series is a collection of photographs of homes as they exist on Burano, an island community within the Venetian Lagoon. There it has become the annual tradition for the residents to paint their homes using bold and striking colors. Many of the homes are joined by a common wall and colors meet at the property line. Rather than resulting in visual cacophony, the collision of color provides a series of novel statements which defy the rules of color coordination.

The photographs represent an effort to capture the odd beauty of chance meetings of pastels and earth colors as they join with the grays, blacks and variations of hue imposed by shadow and form and play upon the walls and surfaces of the homes.

Twenty-five photographs in the series have been printed via the Ilfochrome process in an edition of twenty-five each. The Ilfochrome process (formerly Cibachrome) is an exceptionally stable one using metallic dyes as opposed to the vegetable dyes used in other popular processes which are subject to ultraviolet degradation and fading. These prints simply will not degrade over a life span of several hundreds of years.

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