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Christian , Arrecis

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Thirty-second Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, juror: David Robertson, Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, IL

*Phænomena Naturalia, Freeport Art Center, Freeport, Illinois

*Phænomena Naturalia DeKalb Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

Regional Juried Exhibition IV, juror: Loretta Swanson, Freeport Arts Center,
Freeport, IL

Vicinity 2007, jurors: Anne Becker & Hector Munoz, Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL

Kishwaukee College Artist/Educators Biennial, Malta, IL

ArtXposium, group exhibition/symposium, West Chicago, IL

Emerging Illinois Artists â€"07, juror: Bob Sill, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

Conception, Pleasant Street Galleries, DeKalb, IL

Focus on Chicago, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL, juried exhibition of regional photographers


Phӕnomena Naturalis is a series of photographs through which I attempt to navigate and understand the natural world; it is an attempt at understanding some of life's universal and enduring questions. Books and their time-worn pages, bits of text and images, and found objects all serve as a vehicle to suggest a figurative voyage, that the mysteries of the world can be unlocked and revealed.

When removed from their previous contexts, the texts and images that I use all have an ambiguous quality. It is through a deliberate and intentioned lighting, and careful placement of these objects that I alter the visual space so as to avoid a literal reading, moving my imagery towards a more metaphorical interpretation and ultimately guiding the viewer towards a contemplative and ritualized experience.

Light and shadow function to obscure and emphasize that which is important in directing the viewer to important components of my imagery, but they also function on a symbolic levelâ€"the revelation of truth.

I am interested in an exploration of the world through referencing legend, through the intersection between science and magic and where superstition meets history. As such, an intimation of the arcane, the mythological and the mysterious informs these photographs.

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