Shifting Perception

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Tracing Memory, April 2012 Drafting Film And Ballpoint Pen On Paper 8"X10" © 2012
Tracing Memory, April 2012 Mylar And Ballpoint Pen On Paper 8"X10" © Colleen Blackard
Shifting Perception

37 Orchard St.
New York, New York 10002
August 13th, 2012 - August 20th, 2012
Opening: August 14th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

east village/lower east side
11:00am to 6:00pm, Daily
alzheimer's disease, interactive-art, inspirational, positive thinking, memory conceptual, memory, power-of-memory, 2012, layering, ethereal, iconic images, persia, ayatollah, iran, Charlie Chapman, hitler, drawing on polyester drafting film, mylar, vellum, tracing paper, Shadow, light, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, landscape, figurative, modern, traditional


"Shifting Perception" highlights the importance of memory in creating a positive future.  To bring us closer to a time when memory loss itself will be forgotten, Colleen Blackard and Orchard Windows Gallery will donate 25% of sales to the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter.

The heart of the show is hidden, but not lost.  The viewer must touch the work to complete the piece.  When only a small detail appears, the viewer must use memory to recreate the image in its entirety.  The experience of the piece continues as long as the memory lasts.  Memory defies loss.

Memories tempt us to interpret the present based on the past and, from there, create our future.  Some of the pieces display iconic images with negative associations.  The images can incite certain past memories, but a touch of reality can easily shift our perception, allowing us to connect with a point in the past when inspiration rather than fear could have kept negative events from occurring.  Memory defines the past and inspires the future.  

Will yours be negative or positive?

Colleen Blackard is originally from Austin, TX, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She received a BA in Studio Art from Hampshire College, MA. She has been included in exhibitions at the Rush Arts Gallery, Family Business Gallery, Times Square, and Contrast at 320 Studios. This is her first solo show at Orchard Windows Gallery.

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