September 10, 5pm-7pm
The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present, Dot Paolo: The Monkey Bars and the Crow. The gallery is free and open to the public. Parking is available on the street or the gallery can be reached by pubic transportation via bus or PATH train.
Dot Paolo is an artist, curator, gallerist, and educator. This is what she has to say about her new series:
“This photography series started with a single idea surrounding my childhood, the monkey bars or jungle gym, in the school yard of Irving School in Highland Park, NJ. It was the place where we played during recess as a child and it became a hang out as we became an adolescent. It brought back fond memories of the valuable playtime we had as a child. I have been collecting many of the toys I had as a child and investigate how they might have influenced my artwork.
When I started the search for set-up items, I immediately built a model of the
monkey bars out of wood. My photographs narrate the squirrelly thought process
from very first time I made a structure out of marshmallows to the present.
The photographs are divided between using miniature items in a diorama format
and real to life size still life’s and landscape photographs. I manufacture some of the objects and buy the others. One of the photographs is a re-imagined advertisement for jewelry. In this series, I also reference the movie, Birds, by Alfred Hitchcock.
I have been collecting antique toys and objects for many years to use in my photographs. I shop at flea markets and antique stores but some of the items are purchased for the project from Ebay, Amazon and other on-line sellers. Using the internet has really changed the way I can collect and research my projects.
The photos are taken with a Nikon D750 SLR digital camera. I printed the
photographs myself on an Epson 7600 with archival ink on hot press bright paper.”
Additional gallery hours on Saturday, Sept. 11 & Sunday, Sept. 12: 11am-6pm
Gallery show will also be available virtually on IGTV and YouTube.