Collide, a solo show by photographer Jennie Barrese on view from April 28th through June 4th, 2011. Collide will feature Barrese's new series that focuses on an integration of intimately photographed body parts and dramatic photo retouching.
In 2009, Barrese returned to black and white to capture the harshness and contrast of her "experiments" of photographing items such as gum, beans, cotton, hair, thread and needles with such abstraction that we were sometimes baffled as to their identity. Barrese has departed from her "lab" based methods of photography with her new series of works by moving much of the experimentation to the digital manipulation of the work rather than her subject.
With Collide, Barrese continues to explore in black and white but this time to experiment with the human body. By photographing body parts of friends and then digitally manipulating the images to create a collision of parts Barrese explores how a moment in time; a second, a minute, where two paths cross can forever change the course of our lives. Whether they are dramatic events or a mundane meeting of someone who later becomes a pivotal part of our journey, we are shaped by these "collisions" throughout our lives. Barrese began this exploration with concept sketches of abstract color forms and then photographed flesh to mimic her vision.