Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Volunteer Call

Hi all! 

I am looking for at least 8 volunteers to help guide the visually impaired throughout my fine art exhibition on Friday, March 27th 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. You will be needed for 3 hours. In return I will gladly offer a portrait sitting for you to update your LinkedIn port etc.
The visually impaired community as well as the sighted and invited to join in a unique art experience designed for those with limited sight. Please join me the night of the opening reception. Children are welcomed.
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Invisible to Others is an art exhibition that I have created as a part of my Graduate Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography. This exhibition will be shown at Savannah College of Arts and Design, Atlanta at the Trois Gallery.
Invisible to Others focuses on the limitations of the medium of photography as it communicates to the visually impaired, a group that has been traditionally excluded from the fine art gallery. In examining the visually impaired community her work addresses universal humanity, while creating new inclusive ways in which works of art can be presented and experienced through secondary senses as well as sight. The exhibition incorporates portraits, alternative processes, and soundscapes.
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It is important to have guides in this space to accommodate the visually impaired who are interested in joining this gallery experience. I have created this hands on art work about and for the visually impaired.

Here is a link to how easy it is to help guide those who request it:http://youtu.be/dnTRtWDFz84

If you or someone you know are available to help with any of the following please contact me at:
Email: stephanieeley@gmail.com
Studio: 757-239-0078
- guiding guests through SCAD hallways up to gallery entrance
- guiding through gallery space
- assisting with serving refreshments
- Braille translating
- Describing the art work
Please remember that you are also invited and am looking forward to seeing you all at the opening even if you are unavailable to volunteer.
Thank you!

Invisible to Others opening reception

I wanted to take a moment and personally invite you to my opening reception of Invisible to Others.

My current art work  focuses on the limitations of the medium of photography as it communicates to the visually impaired.
Find out more about this art opening below in my Press Release. 

Because this exhibition is going to be opening after regular gallery hours, The gallery is requesting a RSVP list of anyone who is interested in joining. That information can go directly to me at this email address. (stephanieeley@gmail.com)

I truly hope that you can make it to the opening of this experience where the visually impaired and sighted are invited to experience art together.

Press Release:

Stephanie Eley is a photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia where her fine art develops conversations around social activism. She has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Georgia, and the National Women’s Caucus for Arts Organization in New York and California. Her current work Invisible to Others focuses on the limitations of the medium of photography as it communicates to the visually impaired.

In examining a group that has been traditionally excluded from the fine art gallery, this work addresses universal humanity, while creating new inclusive ways that art can be presented through secondary senses as well as sight. Invisible to Others incorporates a multi-sensory presentation of portraits, alternative processes, and audio.

“Reflecting on personally having poor vision, I am captivated in the concept of a tangible experience. Questioning the permanence of sight, I fear the idea of experiencing this world without my primary means of connection. I now continue to revisit this concept as I create work that welcomes those living an altered visual experience into the gallery by examining their existence.”

Invisible to Others features hands-on creations about and for those with visual impairments. Presented through two series of portraits; the viewer is invited to explore imagery enhanced by luminosity as well as Braille. The second portraits are intimate cyanotype, which portray those interviewed in the making of this art. Alongside the photographs are tactile embossed diptychs, inspired from diagnostic tools used to gauge levels of perception. Welcoming both sighted and visual impaired, this exhibition presents various ways to perceive art. This exhibitions’ soundscape expands on how those with a visual impairment have coped and persevered in living in a sighted society, elaborating on the individuality and audacity within this community.  

The willingness of various visual communities to work together addresses our culture’s social gap and develops a system for visual communities to coexist in the world of art.