Barrett at Babycakes Cafe!
Babycakes Cafe sponsors Barrett Art Center by providing a premier exhibit opportunity at their popular and upscale gathering place and eatery on the circle at Raymond Avenue near the new Vassar College Bookstore.
on exhibit now....
ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHER — JONATHAN PAZER
April 20 - June 1
Reception: Wednesday, May 27th at Babycakes
Dreams evoke responses that we don't quite comprehend. They contain
visions whose exact meaning can be both elusive and provocative, but
above all personal. I want my abstract photographic images to be personal
expressions, and call on the viewer to engage with them.
My work starts out with my own photographs of landscapes, architectural
details or colorful scenes and other unusual views. These are the source
photos for my images and also my inspiration. In their photographic
transformation into an entirely new work, the influence of the source
images remains. My process simultaneously alters and obscures these
initial forms while at the same time it relies on them. They are my palette
and brush. I mix new colors, and find new shapes, and extract mood and
texture from their original essence.
Ultimately I convert these realistic photos into my abstract images. My work
uses bold, saturated, and intense colors both because they appeal to me
and also to make clear that the images that result are not photographic
depictions of a rational observable reality but instead represent vistas of my
own idiosyncratic landscape of abstraction.
I believe that by stripping away the obvious narrative content and context of
a photograph, by creating an abstract image from it, that the viewer is freed
to view the image through their own emotional imagination and this creates
fertile ground for the viewer’s own internal storytelling. I am intentionally
divorcing my work from the abundance of everyday photography that
pervades our modern hyper-visual life on the internet, on TV and in print. I
am challenging viewer's perceptions of photography; the expectation that
photography is only for accurately capturing and depicting an external
I am removing both the narrative and historical context that ordinarily
establishes the photographer’s intention. I am cloaking the photograph’s
purpose so that the viewer is left to their own devices, to interact more
honestly with the image, and to engage with it in their own personal search
Jonathan Pazer || 862.236.5348 ||
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