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  • Art. photography. For Example: holly pettersen

    03.08.2012

    holly pettersen

    photography

    Holly currently resides in Chicago but grew up in a Northwest suburb of the city. She went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she was thrown into their rigorous art curriculum. Her wide range of classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking have influenced her art and continually pushed her to be a better photographer. Her exposure to art history and theory can be seen in her work as well. A significant presence in her artwork is geometry and line reflecting an urban style and city exposure that is an overlying constant in her photography.

    “Upon first glance my images usually appear as simplistic street photography that puts a strong emphasis on geometric shape and composition—a door, a sign, a bench, the side of a building. I am turning spaces and objects that one might normally glance over into arresting images with a mysterious resonance. Usually one object is chosen to float in apparent defiance of gravity or the structural capabilities of a building are incorrect. I have chosen these ways of manipulation as a means to distort space and cause a familiar setting to suddenly become unfamiliar.

    In the book Theory of Prose Victor Shklovsky discusses “enstrangement”, which is traditionally translated as “defamiliarization”. It is used as a tool to change our perception. We become so familiar with objects that we no longer really see them nor take the time to. We are not really looking at things but merely recognizing them. The purpose of my art is to “enstrange” and complicate compositions in which one is forced to see things anew. One must spend more time with the image. The image and the objects within are brought into view and perceived in a special way and not recognized as being only a door, a bench, or the side of a building.

    A strong sense of realism in my images is important because with details missing a strange, illogical presence is created within the composition. This produces an irregularity between the manipulated object, the scene, and what the viewer sees. The absence of these details sometimes goes unnoticed except for a shadow or part of the object that is left lingering, oddly, and hinting at what was once present. It is this hint amidst the normalcy that demands more and evokes the mystery.”

    www.hollypettersenphotography.com
  • Art. photography. For Example: holly pettersen

    03.08.2012

    holly pettersen

    photography

    Holly currently resides in Chicago but grew up in a Northwest suburb of the city. She went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she was thrown into their rigorous art curriculum. Her wide range of classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking have influenced her art and continually pushed her to be a better photographer. Her exposure to art history and theory can be seen in her work as well. A significant presence in her artwork is geometry and line reflecting an urban style and city exposure that is an overlying constant in her photography.

    “Upon first glance my images usually appear as simplistic street photography that puts a strong emphasis on geometric shape and composition—a door, a sign, a bench, the side of a building. I am turning spaces and objects that one might normally glance over into arresting images with a mysterious resonance. Usually one object is chosen to float in apparent defiance of gravity or the structural capabilities of a building are incorrect. I have chosen these ways of manipulation as a means to distort space and cause a familiar setting to suddenly become unfamiliar.

    In the book Theory of Prose Victor Shklovsky discusses “enstrangement”, which is traditionally translated as “defamiliarization”. It is used as a tool to change our perception. We become so familiar with objects that we no longer really see them nor take the time to. We are not really looking at things but merely recognizing them. The purpose of my art is to “enstrange” and complicate compositions in which one is forced to see things anew. One must spend more time with the image. The image and the objects within are brought into view and perceived in a special way and not recognized as being only a door, a bench, or the side of a building.

    A strong sense of realism in my images is important because with details missing a strange, illogical presence is created within the composition. This produces an irregularity between the manipulated object, the scene, and what the viewer sees. The absence of these details sometimes goes unnoticed except for a shadow or part of the object that is left lingering, oddly, and hinting at what was once present. It is this hint amidst the normalcy that demands more and evokes the mystery.”

    www.hollypettersenphotography.com
  • Art. photography. For Example: holly pettersen

    03.08.2012

    holly pettersen

    photography

    Holly currently resides in Chicago but grew up in a Northwest suburb of the city. She went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she was thrown into their rigorous art curriculum. Her wide range of classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking have influenced her art and continually pushed her to be a better photographer. Her exposure to art history and theory can be seen in her work as well. A significant presence in her artwork is geometry and line reflecting an urban style and city exposure that is an overlying constant in her photography.

    “Upon first glance my images usually appear as simplistic street photography that puts a strong emphasis on geometric shape and composition—a door, a sign, a bench, the side of a building. I am turning spaces and objects that one might normally glance over into arresting images with a mysterious resonance. Usually one object is chosen to float in apparent defiance of gravity or the structural capabilities of a building are incorrect. I have chosen these ways of manipulation as a means to distort space and cause a familiar setting to suddenly become unfamiliar.

    In the book Theory of Prose Victor Shklovsky discusses “enstrangement”, which is traditionally translated as “defamiliarization”. It is used as a tool to change our perception. We become so familiar with objects that we no longer really see them nor take the time to. We are not really looking at things but merely recognizing them. The purpose of my art is to “enstrange” and complicate compositions in which one is forced to see things anew. One must spend more time with the image. The image and the objects within are brought into view and perceived in a special way and not recognized as being only a door, a bench, or the side of a building.

    A strong sense of realism in my images is important because with details missing a strange, illogical presence is created within the composition. This produces an irregularity between the manipulated object, the scene, and what the viewer sees. The absence of these details sometimes goes unnoticed except for a shadow or part of the object that is left lingering, oddly, and hinting at what was once present. It is this hint amidst the normalcy that demands more and evokes the mystery.”

    www.hollypettersenphotography.com
  • Art. photography. For Example: holly pettersen

    03.08.2012

    holly pettersen

    photography

    Holly currently resides in Chicago but grew up in a Northwest suburb of the city. She went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she was thrown into their rigorous art curriculum. Her wide range of classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking have influenced her art and continually pushed her to be a better photographer. Her exposure to art history and theory can be seen in her work as well. A significant presence in her artwork is geometry and line reflecting an urban style and city exposure that is an overlying constant in her photography.

    “Upon first glance my images usually appear as simplistic street photography that puts a strong emphasis on geometric shape and composition—a door, a sign, a bench, the side of a building. I am turning spaces and objects that one might normally glance over into arresting images with a mysterious resonance. Usually one object is chosen to float in apparent defiance of gravity or the structural capabilities of a building are incorrect. I have chosen these ways of manipulation as a means to distort space and cause a familiar setting to suddenly become unfamiliar.

    In the book Theory of Prose Victor Shklovsky discusses “enstrangement”, which is traditionally translated as “defamiliarization”. It is used as a tool to change our perception. We become so familiar with objects that we no longer really see them nor take the time to. We are not really looking at things but merely recognizing them. The purpose of my art is to “enstrange” and complicate compositions in which one is forced to see things anew. One must spend more time with the image. The image and the objects within are brought into view and perceived in a special way and not recognized as being only a door, a bench, or the side of a building.

    A strong sense of realism in my images is important because with details missing a strange, illogical presence is created within the composition. This produces an irregularity between the manipulated object, the scene, and what the viewer sees. The absence of these details sometimes goes unnoticed except for a shadow or part of the object that is left lingering, oddly, and hinting at what was once present. It is this hint amidst the normalcy that demands more and evokes the mystery.”

    www.hollypettersenphotography.com
  • Art. photography. For Example: holly pettersen

    03.08.2012

    holly pettersen

    photography

    Holly currently resides in Chicago but grew up in a Northwest suburb of the city. She went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she was thrown into their rigorous art curriculum. Her wide range of classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking have influenced her art and continually pushed her to be a better photographer. Her exposure to art history and theory can be seen in her work as well. A significant presence in her artwork is geometry and line reflecting an urban style and city exposure that is an overlying constant in her photography.

    “Upon first glance my images usually appear as simplistic street photography that puts a strong emphasis on geometric shape and composition—a door, a sign, a bench, the side of a building. I am turning spaces and objects that one might normally glance over into arresting images with a mysterious resonance. Usually one object is chosen to float in apparent defiance of gravity or the structural capabilities of a building are incorrect. I have chosen these ways of manipulation as a means to distort space and cause a familiar setting to suddenly become unfamiliar.

    In the book Theory of Prose Victor Shklovsky discusses “enstrangement”, which is traditionally translated as “defamiliarization”. It is used as a tool to change our perception. We become so familiar with objects that we no longer really see them nor take the time to. We are not really looking at things but merely recognizing them. The purpose of my art is to “enstrange” and complicate compositions in which one is forced to see things anew. One must spend more time with the image. The image and the objects within are brought into view and perceived in a special way and not recognized as being only a door, a bench, or the side of a building.

    A strong sense of realism in my images is important because with details missing a strange, illogical presence is created within the composition. This produces an irregularity between the manipulated object, the scene, and what the viewer sees. The absence of these details sometimes goes unnoticed except for a shadow or part of the object that is left lingering, oddly, and hinting at what was once present. It is this hint amidst the normalcy that demands more and evokes the mystery.”

    www.hollypettersenphotography.com
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