Creating two new photography-based digital abstracts for a Side by Side Show June 18-July 11 at Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois was an exciting challenge and rewarding experience!
The prospectus for this show encouraged a photographer and another artist to share two points of view on the same subject. The two mediums are then displayed side by side in the gallery.
Until this show, I have only used my original photographic images to design my abstracts.
For this unique theme, I collaborated with artist friend Todd Stokes who provided his original photos of a rotary phone dial and a yellow flower classified by a Google search as Coreopsis, similar in appearance to daisies.
A close look at “Conversation Piece” hints to its origin, but no one could ever guess the original image used to create “Clowning Around.” Both are perfect examples of the abstract in nature designs I love to create!
The entire show is a unique viewing experience for gallery patrons!
“The Naked Print,” a solo show by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, will be featured in November at The Gallery in Clabber Girl Museum at 900 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute.
A First Friday opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1.
Ter Meer’s theme celebrates the physicality of the image itself – dressed down with minimal or no boundaries to detract the viewer’s eye from the subject matter.
She will display a few photographic works and many of her photography-based abstractions, purposefully exposing the colors and form without glazing to reduce or eliminate reflections.
Each piece will reveal the physical qualities of ink or emulsion on paper, canvas and wood, as well as dye sublimation on aluminum, without hiding surface, texture and material under glass or acrylic.
Nature and life experiences as a native Hoosier have inspired Ter Meer’s works created in camera. Her abstractions are born from her desire to express herself through subjective imagery, and from her penchant for whimsies – anything playful or fanciful, as an artistic creation.
She combines digital processes with traditional photography techniques to intensify the colors and contort the form of her representational images. “Brilliant designs in black negative space liken some of my artistic expressions to black light and scratch board art,” she added.
To make her one-of-a-kind abstractions command even more attention, Ter Meer tries to “think outside the frame.” She believes “stripping away conventional parameters and exposing the image on contemporary materials creates a unique presentation and dramatic visual experience.”
Abstract works in Ter Meer’s show also will be stripped of their original titles.
“Much like the Rorschach test, the imagery in each ‘inkblot’ is subjective,” she said, challenging viewers to explore each design and assign their own meaning before peeking under the information card provided at the show.
“I like to keep them guessing,” Ter Meer added, “and experience their reaction when I reveal the original image used to create each abstraction.”
Since 2013, Ter Meer has received awards at juried exhibitions in Indiana and Illinois, including two Best of Show. She has been honored for her nature photography but finds recognition of her abstract designs most rewarding.
Her works have been accepted into regional, national and international juried exhibitions, including Swope Art Museum and Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute, Indianapolis International Airport, Indiana University at Richmond, and the Artsy website by Specto Art Space, Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition, she has artwork in the Permanent Art Collection at Indiana State University and at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.