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Flash of An Instant - Artists Question Photography's Ability To Accurately Document Our Experience Of The World

(Newtonville, MA) Flash of An Instant brings together work by nine artists to question photography's ability to accurately document our experience of the world.The landscapes we live in seem stable, despite their constant flux. Likewise, photography has long been heralded as a static truth with a monocular vision of the world. But when fractured and subverted, multiple truths and parallel visions arise that make us reassess what we think we know.


John Steck Jr.'s photographs fade slowly, destroyed by the light that illuminates them. Still lifes by Robin Myers conflate the micro and the macro while Mark Dorf's images chart and graph the land. Sam A. Harris re-thinks reality in surreal photographic documents and Sharon Harper explores physical and phenomenological attempts at looking at the sky. Kinetic sculptures by Anne Lilly mark and change the space they occupy through movement. Hidden paintings by John C. Gonzalez and Thomas Willis force viewers to search the gallery for traces of the artists' hands while an interactive installation by Pablo Gnecco asks the viewer to question one's physical location.

When the unified truths of existence converge with the abstracted experiences these artworks provide, a space is created for new meanings to arise. Our own temporalities are affirmed: we are subject to disintegration and decay akin to the land we occupy. By experiencing these works of art - photographic, sculptural and interactive - we are allowed, just for an instant, to see the world anew.

Related Programming

Press PreviewThursday, April 3, 10am
Media are invited to preview the exhibition.

Interactive Demonstration with Pablo GneccoSaturday, April 5, 3-5pm
Pablo Gnecco's large-scale, light based installations encourage viewer interaction through game-like strategies. Gnecco will be present to demonstrate his artwork in the gallery and answer questions.

Curators in ConversationTuesday, April 15, 7-9pm
Curators Caitie Moore and Sarah Pollman will present on the exhibition and then open it up to a larger dialogue.

Family Drop In Day, Cut and PasteMay 3, 1-4pm
How do the places we live change over time? Can pictures tell stories? If we change the pictures, do the stories change, too? In this drop-in session, students and parents will explore photographic meaning by collaging photographs. Bring copies of your own pictures to work with.

Carousel Slideshow VMay 3, 7pm
Aviary Gallery's Carousel Slideshow event brings together digitized photographic works by national and international artists. The one night event presents current directions in contemporary photography in an uncharacteristically intimate format while emphasizing the experience of looking. This is the fifth and most robust iteration of the slideshow and will be accompanied by local musical act Toromiro. It is not only a showcase but also a forum for meeting, collaboration and dialogue among artists, gallerists and art enthusiasts in the community.

About The New Art Center
The New Art Center in Newton (a non-profit corporation), provides opportunities for people to connect with their creativity, community and history through artistic experience. The Center offers classes and educational experiences for all ages about enjoying, making, curating and understanding visual art. New Art Center programs are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat 1-5pm. The Main Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Please call (617)964-3424 for more information.

Address: 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, Massachusetts 02460
Transportaion: The nearest T stop to the New Art Center is Newton Highlands on the Green Line (D/Riverside), then take the #59 bus on Walnut Street, exit at CVS. Call the MBTA at (617) 722-3200 for schedules + fare information. The NAC is also accessible from the Mass. Pike, Route 128, or the Newtonville stop on the commuter rail (Framingham line). 

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