The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of works by Photographer, Jamie Callahan and Paper Collage Artist, Linda McClamrock. See these works and the creations of over 90 other local artists during gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm
On display June 25 – August 10, 2019
Jamie was born and raised just outside Chicago. Though his first passion as a youngster was always science, the visual arts provided a refuge from the structured scientific world. After receiving his BS in Geology from Tufts University, Jamie continued to take photography classes and eventually found his way to the Graduate program at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he graduated with an MFA in Imaging Arts in 2010.
This is Where I Live
It may sound counterintuitive, but often that which is closest to us is the least seen.
Those spaces in which we live our day to day lives are so familiar to us, that we generally no longer take the time to actually look at them with anything other than a cursory glance. But it is in our failure to look that we miss the true visual beauty of the intimate spaces that in reality are the most important to our lives. Spaces that no other person can see with the same eyes we can, spaces that mean little to those who are outsiders to our lives, spaces that if missing or taken away would inexorably change our lives.
This project is my attempt to capture that simple beauty that is often overlooked in my own intimate spaces and to bring that beauty to my audience. The goal is twofold: to remind myself to never take these things for granted, and hopefully to encourage my viewers to look at their lives with a new set of eyes so they can fall in love again with their own surroundings.
While much collage today is focused on juxtapositions of contrasting symbols, the intent behind my work is to reflect the beauty I see in the world around me. Whether it’s the intricate details of a bird’s wing, the intense color of a flower, or the tenderness between a parent and child, I emphasize beauty using nothing more than my imagination and repurposed papers (aka old magazines, vintage music, sewing patterns, to name a few).
When my collages include people, I love to use a variety of beautiful colors for skin tones. I also omit facial features, allowing the viewer to see whomever they want in each piece.
I am experimenting more with paint, but the details of my pieces are always paper that I cut freehand. As I’m self-taught, I design and compose my collages without benefit of drawing. I see the desired result in my mind, look for paper with the perfect color and pattern, then cut shapes and put them together. I’m a savant with a pair of scissors!