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Metro Textural I: UWS at the Park

Metro Textural I: UWS at the Park

36” x 36”
Private Collection
Fabric-photo construction. Digital image transfer, on shear organza, gate fabric sample and cotton with mixed media.
Photo by Karen Bell - 215 255 5527
Statement:
NEW YORK CITY’S CENTRAL PARK WINTER TEXTURE WAS
TRANSFORMED BY JEAN-CLAUDE AND CHRISTO’S GLOWING
ORANGE GATE PROJECT AS ALL WHO WALKED THROUGH IT AS
INDIVIDUALS WERE TRANSFORMED INTO COMMUNITY.
Central Park took on a changed character from its usual cold February texture with Christo and Jean-Claude's GATES installation. I could hardly stop grinning with delight strolling and "shooting", taking in the community celebratory atmosphere
created by going through the now shared and defined spaces.

Still experimenting with sheer image layers over a background of visually layered images, I launched on a second version, this time not focused on the pattern of buildings and windows, but on the experience of walking in Central Park in February 2005.

It had snowed the day before I walked with my camera through Christo and Jean-Claude's GATES installation. The resulting contrasts of dark sculptural trees and bright orange against that whiteness caught my breath. I could hardly contain my pleasure, and indeed, there was a strong sense of community as smiling people passed each other under the billowing orange panels. Volunteers were passing out samples of the gate fabric, a woven plastic-like composition, and collecting as many as I could, incorporated several into both Metro Textural versions. I scanned the fabric and replicated it to create the binding on the finished work.

As I began to construct the composition of the sheer transfer panels over the background panels, I played with changing the scale of the two photographs I had blended into a single image. I ended with a larger version on the sheer fabric and placed them "out of sequence" over the smaller version on the background fabrics. (Fabrics in plural, as I am also trying different patterned fabric panels on which to place my transferred images).

I was hoping to capture the magical layering of all the senses of that extraordinary afternoon.

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