Liz Obert

State of Transition

Aug 26 - Oct 5, 2019 @ Linfield Gallery

Wednesday, September 4th:

5:00 PM— Artist Talk in the Nicholson Library Viewing Room

5:30 PM—7:00 PM Opening Reception in the Linfield Gallery & Nils Lou Gallery immediately following the artist talks, with light refreshments

photos from Lisbon, Portugal

State of Transition is about the complexities and contradictions that surround the city of Lisbon, Portugal. I began this series by walking the streets of Lisbon during my artist residency at Hangar. I was just looking and photographing whatever caught my eye - the colors, the textures, the people. While learning about the city, I discovered it was in a constant state of transition, from its medieval past to its present state as a vibrant modern city that is becoming overrun by tourists. By looking at the images I captured, I could see signs of this transformation in a variety of ways including old textures, peeling paint, electrical wires, new construction, and graffiti.  

Aesthetically, I look for geometry and color combinations in my compositions. Figures become elements in the design. They are often isolated in their surroundings. I am presenting these images as diptychs to further emphasize the contrast and transition.  By juxtaposing two images which often contain flat and perceived perspective, I wish to create a dialogue between the pairs that creates a new meaning for the viewer.”



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