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Bradley Davenport Artist Reception
March 31, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm| FREE
Bradley Davenport is our Artist of the Month in March, and he will be displaying selections of his photography. All visitors will receive a free fine art print.
Reality In Itself deals with the distorted, altered consciousness that we confront and experience on a daily basis. From the reality being broadcasted through your tv screen, to the feeling that someone is standing behind you and is not, Reality In Itself is achieved through painstaking realism based on distorted photography that’s shot, surprisingly, without filters, digital manipulation, and with a single exposure. Often abstraction is combined with realism. These effects and tricks are meant to subvert the viewer’s expectations of what can be done with traditional techniques, and furthermore, their sense of what is truly real itself. Reality In Itself is not an illusion to drugs or drug culture. Reality in itself is an allusion to any form of altered consciousness, from trances to mental illnesses such as temporal lobe epilepsy and psychosis, the spectrum of which everyone encounters during their life time. Déjà vu for example, has been linked to abnormal activity in the temporal lobe.
The artist’s preoccupation with questioning reality stems from his own struggle with schizophrenia. It is a high order to describe a hallucination in words or pictures. Reality In Itself attempts to do just that literally and through concept, in a way that words can not. We think of photography as being real. A scientific depiction of what the eye sees. When a singular figure is depicted in a photograph several times, with a single exposure, we question the reality of that photograph. But it is real. It’s real in itself. After studying Philosophers such as Descartes and Plato, one can conclude that the physical world and reality are two separate things. When this is realized, and only when this is realized, can people accept one another’s reality. People can live in harmony. Social justice can be achieved.
Question what is “real”.