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‘Quiet Focus’ Exhibit Brings Unique Photography to ArtsWorcester

Monday, January 07, 2013


Untitled, by Zia Ayub, Gelatin Silver Print, 2012

ArtsWorcester will present a new art exhibition entitled Quiet Focus, featuring the unique photographic artwork of Zia Ayub and Kathy Murray, beginning Wednesday, January 9, and running through June.

The exhibition will be at the Aurora Gallery in the Hadley Building at 657 Main Street in Worcester. It is free and open to the public during gallery hours.

Quiet Focus offers two artists working in alternative photo processing methods. Their daring and unique style of experimentation fits perfectly with the overall mission of ArtsWorcester, according to Program Director Cynthia Woehrle.

"It is ArtsWorcester's mission to present contemporary local art and we really enjoy it when artists that are working with new techniques and content present themselves for exhibit," she said.

In particular, Kathy Murray uses photo transfer, digital printing and monotypes to create her beautiful imagery.

"Landscape has been a recurring theme in my work as much as space and atmosphere have been a source of inspiration," Murray said.

"Recently I have been manipulating digital images and incorporating them into monoprints, reconstructing photographic landscapes, or creating landscape-like images by combining scanned images of leaves, vegetables, birds, or other elements in the natural world."

She is "drawn to experimentation," and works to find ways "to put a new spin on the familiar." Her goal in combining all these elements is to create a "moment of beauty and magic."

This is Kathy's second exhibit for ArtsWorcester; in 2008, she held an exhibition entitled Figurative Language at the former QCC gallery.

Though the method is within the tradition of the wet darkroom, Zia Ayub uses an alternative approach to the wet darkroom process to create his imagery. Ayub explains this extraordinary method he learned only after extensive research.

"Only four chemicals are used: paper developer, stop bath, fixer and lastly perma wash, without any toners and mixed media,” with silver gelatin paper, he said.

"Altering the principle application of the paper developer creates the resemblance to 19th century photographs with impressionistic mood."

Ayub continued, "My approach in the medium of photography is as the early founders of photography, like Joseph Niepce, Louis Daguerre and William Fox Talbot . . . My wish is to continue in the same tradition as those who invented photography."

This is Ayub's first exhibit of a large collection of his works through ArtsWorcester.

Together, these two artists present images inspired by the natural world, driven by innovative processes in their chosen mediums, and they will surely impress those who find the time to view them.

"I hope that viewers will leave feeling intrigued by their imagery, the nostalgia it evokes and with a fascination with the process with which it was created," says Woehrle.
An artist reception will be held at the same location on Friday, February 8, between 6-8p.m. This event is also free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the ArtsWorcester website, call 508-755-5142, or stop by Aurora Gallery at 660 Main Street in Worcester. 


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