GEORGE LEGRADY: REFRACTION
November 5 to December 31, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2011/ 6:00 – 8:00 PM
“Refraction is the change in direction of a wave when it enters a medium, for instance, a ray of light entering water. Hypermnesia is a state of highly developed memory, based on registering experiences by associating them to mentally created images. In-between these two states of transformation and invention lies interpretation and the unfolding of narrative” – George Legrady
(Los Angeles) – Edward Cella Art + Architecture announces a solo exhibition of new work by multi-media artist George Legrady. Entitled Refraction, the project includes eight black and white compositions, each consisting of three different photographs interlaced together with a lenticular process. The exhibition also includes two new dynamically generated installation animations. Using his unique processes, Legrady creates works in which movement alters their narrative potential of the image. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog featuring an essay by noted critic and art historian, Abigail Solomon-Godeau.
Known for his ambitious interactive installations, photography and data visualization projects, Legrady’s artwork of the past twenty years has focused on the exploration of photography, computational technologies and their potentials in developing new forms of visual expression.
Legrady’s Refraction offers a series of images that recompose three distinct still photographs taken by the artist at the onset of his career. Repositioned within a contemporary context and lenticular technology, the assembled image create the illusion of transition between images when observers change their viewing angle in front of the image. The resulting ambiguity or difficulty of the image opens the potential for movement to transform our understanding of cinematic experience. Drawing upon the visual aesthetics of French New Wave Cinema, Legrady creates an experimental situation with the viewer.
George Legrady was born in 1950 in Budapest and raised in French Montreal. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. George Legrady is currently a professor of interactive media arts at UC Santa Barbara. His early artistic work focused on a conceptual and semiotic analysis of the photographic image. Legrady’s contribution to the photography and digital media field since the early stages of its formation into a discipline in the early 1990’s has been in intersecting cultural content using computational processes as a means of creating new forms of aesthetic representations and socio-cultural narrative experiences.