The fotoMuses, a group of women photographers, unveil their new exhibition, “Abstraction & Transformation”, at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, until September 29, 2021. This exhibition brings a photographic interpretation with unique compositions highlighting the individuality of each artist; through photography.
The coordinators of this creative exhibit are Barb Work from Wheaton and Joan Ladendorf from Hanover Park. This group often chooses themes to give a little more coherence to its exhibitions, but also to bring new challenges to its members. As our current global pandemic situation brings many new challenges, fotoMuses have decided to “break the rules” and express its artistic nature through abstracts or originals transformed using creative techniques. Their ideas and emotions can be expressed without the intention of creating a realistic or traditional image.
In Work’s pieces, she brings her vision of the South African artist, Daniel Popper’s exhibition at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
“In the foreground, I used Popper’s stunning sculptures,” she said, adding that “the titles of my pieces reflect the placement of the statues in the surreal environment I created for each.”
Ladendorf’s creativity involves photo collages.
“For this exhibit, I composed pieces cut out from many photos of different textures taken from rocks and slag,” she said. Her photos are beautifully digitally assembled and enhanced with dimensional techniques in Photoshop. She is also known for her impressionistic photos of lakes and skies.
Looking at the images in this exhibit, you might challenge yourself to identify the original subject. But here, reality is only the starting point. The show is a fun assemblage of the variety of techniques available digitally for artists to explore. You are invited to explore the world of abstraction and transformation.
In its 22nd year, the fotoMuses is a group of astute women who exhibit their photos in a creative and professional way. The group is currently made up of 13 women mostly from the western suburbs, most of whom met while discovering their creative side together through the College of DuPage Photography Program in Glen Ellyn.
Other fotoMuses members include Joanne Barsanti and Judy Kinal from Roselle, Marita Blanken and Linda Markese from Downers Grove, Anne Frantzen and Joan Trushin from West Chicago, Delta Greene from Chicago, Janice Henry from Bloomingdale, Joan Kalmanek from Lisle, Cheryl Rausch from Lombard and Marje Reichart from Saint-Charles. To watch a video of the event, go to https: //youtu.be/7-m_8XOmDw8.
This exhibition is free for the public; hours are weekdays 9 am to 4 pm and some evenings and weekends; call for hours.
For more information about the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, call (847) 895-3600 or go to www.prairiecenter.org/programs/herb-aigner-gallery.
For more information on fotoMuses, visit www.fotoMuses.com.