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” of American illustration (1890s–1950s) was a period of unsurpassed excellence in print illustration. Advances in technology allowed books, magazines, and newspapers to be printed quickly and inexpensively, and with the proliferation of printed material, publications and their accompanying illustrations had an unprecedented impact on American life, consumerism, and culture.
Organized by illustrator John Kascht, the exhibition presents a selection of vintage illustration and early animation art. 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, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, Dan Smith, Herbert Morton Stoops, and Al Williamson. Preliminary sketches and studies are spotlighted, revealing the high level of draftsmanship and technical skill employed by these artists.
DRAFTSMANSHIP and STORYTELLING: Art from the Golden Age of American Illustration is the second of two illustration exhibitions featured this fall in the Suraci Gallery.
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