Photos by Donna Bassin
Fine Art Exhibition 2020 – “Exploring Humanity” – Opening Reception – Nov 14
- Opening Reception - 5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition
November 14, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join us for the Opening Reception of LACP’s 5th Annual Fine Art exhibition
Saturday, November 14, 4 pm PST
Online via Zoom
You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception for our 5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition, “Exploring Humanity.”
Featured presenters: Marisa Caichiolo, juror and Donna Bassin, first place prize winner
Moderated by: Sarah Hadley
Tickets: Please RSVP your ticket(s) below.
You may also see all the work in the exhibition in our online gallery HERE
Marisa Caichiolo’s Juror Statement
And the Four Elements
The preparation for the exhibition “Humanity” began with an intense and long process of selection. I had 1000 images to review and choose from, they came without statement nor artist name and in the end, I selected 71 photographs by 43 different artists.
Some of the artists decided to challenge the conventions of photographic techniques, experimenting with creative tools such as masking, fragmenting, cropping, cutting and placing elements together as collages, creating interventions with other materials, even embroidering. As a result, new context was created to expose secret narratives.
The overall exploration of all the pieces was around many urgent issues such as gender, identity, Psychology, among many others. I believe that the general exploration at large leads us to human nature.
We are in an era of change, social change, political change, climate change. Scientists and professionals in different areas strive to find solutions that address the challenges, as we face severe resource depletion, ecosystem transformation, overpopulation, and species extinction, all of which challenges us as we navigate life during this pandemic time.
This is one of the reasons why…the word HUMANITY came to my mind, especially in this particular moment, during pandemic times, directly affecting us “humans”. Connecting the dots, I draw a map…where Humanity, nature and the four elements started to play a very important role in my process of selection and how to see each photograph.
I decided to create groups of photographs that made me feel or connect with each of the elements.
The ancient Greeks believed that there were four elements of which everything was made of: earth, water, air, and fire. The idea that these four elements – earth, water, air, and fire – made up all matter, was the milestone of philosophy, science, and medicine.
The elements were “pure” but could not be found in that pure state on earth. Every visible thing was made up of some combination of earth, water, air, and fire.
The four elements were even used to describe the potential four temperaments of a person. According to Hippocrates, who used the four elements to describe the four “humors” to be found in the body.
These theory stated that the temperaments and humors needed to be in balance with each other in order for a person to be well both mentally and physically.
In the current circumstance of a world health pandemic, human’s immune system becomes essential, and all elements related to the proper alignment of human mental, social and physical well-being are of pertinent analysis and require approach from different perspectives.
“People are the only element that can choose to restore balance” James Balog, The Human Element.
Earth doesn’t necessarily always represent the physical earth, but that part of us, which is stable, solid and dependable. Earth is the realm of abundance, prosperity and wealth. Earth is a personality trait and Earth is an element, as well.
Earth represents traits of sensations, patience, stability, strength, health, grounding and centering of energies, promoting peace, fertility, money, business success, stability, warmth, comfort and physical labor.
Air represents the breath of life! It is an exchange of electrons or flow of energy. Air is the primary nutrient. Survival without it is measured in minutes. It is so important that you do it without thinking. Your breathing is the voice of your spirit. It’s depth, smoothness, sound, and rate reflect your mood. The cosmic breath, the Hindus speak of called “prana” is also the energetic life force the Chinese refer to as “Qi” energy.
Fire represents physical strength, force, courage, desire, initiative, fertility, passion, purification and rejuvenation. It represents both light and heat. A positive fire person is strong, courageous and bold, dramatic and passionate in all areas within themselves.
This element is associated with the mind and the stability of the mind. The heart is the “seat” of the mind and therefore, its highest expression is love.
Enthusiasm, warmth in human relationships and conscious awareness. Emotionally, when the fire element is balanced, sensitivity and expression, true fulfillment and the equilibrium between heart and mind are our greatest rewards.
Water represents taste, which is experienced on the tongue. It also represents one’s taste in general and one’s desire to taste or experience the world.
Water represents a good memory. This can manifest as dwelling on the past. But the ultimate experience of water is remembering that we all share life as a common heritage. This manifests as peace, love and compassion
Venue: Online Virtual Experience
This event will be held online, a virtual experience. Information on how to attend the event, complete with link and password, will be sent prior to the opening.