FLIGHT of FANCY
Photographic Imagery of Reality in Imaginary Worlds by Chala Jan
Chala Janpraphasakul’s body of photography work focuses on her story–telling qualities and the visual dynamic essence that she invokes in a viewer’s perception. Her photographic imagery contains elements of surrealism combining photography and creative digital processing to render multiplicity, levitation, nature–defined movement, and supernatural transformation to the subjects in her images.
Chala is a Scranton, PA–based fine art photographer and software developer. She was born and raised in Thailand until 1998. After graduating from Hunter College (NY) in 2004 with a degree in computer software, she came to Scranton and has worked as a software developer ever since.
Chala was awarded a one–person exhibition in 2014–2015 at Marywood University by the selection committee for the Northeastern Biennial Twenty Thirteen; she also was awarded first place in photography. In addition, her work received recognition with the F. Lammot Belin 2014 Emerging Artist Award.
The “Golden Age” in American illustration (1900–1940s) was a period of excellence and proliferation in print illustration. Advances in technology led to faster and inexpensive printing of books, magazines, and newspapers; publications and their accompanying illustrations had an unprecedented impact on American life, consumerism, and culture.
Organized by illustrator John Kascht, the works in the exhibition provide a range of styles and approaches in vintage illustration and early animation. Included in the exhibition are drawings and paintings by Franklin Booth, A. B. Frost, Dean Cornwell, Walt Disney Studios, James Montgomery Flagg, Al Hirschfeld, Henry C. Pitz, Norman Rockwell, and Herbert Morton Stoops. Preliminary sketches and studies are spotlighted, revealing the high level of draftsmanship and technical skill employed by these artists.
Opening Reception: October 24, 6–8 PM
Gallery Talk: October 29, 3 PM given by John Kascht
Group exhibition features Nada Alsharyoufi (MFA ceramics), Gina Barone (MFA sculpture), Ehab Kamal Mogheeth (MA ceramics), Stephen Roberts (MFA painting), and Melissa Wollmering (MFA printmaking).
Artists' reception: December 6, 5–7 PM
Marywood University Art Galleries
|Shields Center for Visual Arts
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509-1598