NAOMI ELENA: Luck of the Draw
April 23 – June 1, 2012
Opening reception May 3, 2012 6-8 pm
495 Lorimer St Brooklyn, NY 11211
Bounded by disconnection, seemingly powerless, how do we open possibilities and find a balance between choice and chance? How do we manage in an uncertain world and how do we manage uncertainty itself? Using chance procedure, an exaggeration of an accident, I fogged large format film with colored light; inaccurately controlling the light by use of cards and light leaks. Not knowing the amount or quality of light that reached the film I awaited revelation. There are three traditions in psychology’s view of uncertainty, the knowledge seeker, anxiety of the unknown, and probability of outcome. Intrigued by the experiment, I am apprehensive of my reaction to the result. Symbolic of the randomness, powerlessness and absurdity of life, aleatoric procedures have been used by many artists. For the Dadaists, it was a reaction to the horrors of WW1. For John Cage, it meant the removal of will, "imitating nature in its manner of operation". For me, it is additionally, a practice of acceptance of an uncertain future. As in the work of Walead Beshty, the antiquated photochemical process is given prominence. It is scientific history the basis for further understanding of the unknown. The resulting abstract images are ravishing splashes of bright color with occasional sharp angles and lines. They defy repetition.
Naomi Elena was born in Hermosillo, Mexico and was raised in Berkeley, California. She studied contemporary dance at The University of California, Berkeley and studied photography at the School of Visual Arts and New York University.
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