The Shirley-Jones Gallery will present a body of 14 recent photographic works by the San Francisco Bay Area artist Barbara Kossy. The exhibition will open Friday, November 2 and run through Saturday, December 15.
Born in Chicago in 1952, Barbara Kossy attended Antioch College where she earned a BA degree in Art in 1974. She earned her MFA in filmmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studying with Stan Brakhage and Robert Fulton. While in the graduate program she worked in the exhibits department of The Field Museum of Chicago, and Shedd Aquarium, and as an assistant for the documentary company Kartemquin Films. Upon finishing graduate work, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1992 she was a character fabricator for the cult animated film classic by Tim Burton, Nightmare Before Christmas.
Kossy moved to Moss Beach in 1998 and bought a digital camera in 2002. Inspired by coursework at the San Francisco Art Institute, Kossy began making composite digital photos that same year. In 2005 "New Years Day 2005 Fitzgerald Marine Reserve" was accepted into the collection of the Oakland Museum of California. In April of 2007 she was awarded a month-long residency at the Kala Art Institute’s Digital Media Center in Berkeley.
Of her current work, Kossy says:
"My artistic influences range from the standard 'History of Art,' to the films of Michael Snow, Robert Fulton, Stan Brakage, and Tony Conrad. I studied ceramics, photography, and film in the 70s. Film offered an aesthetic that was malleable, and poetic. When I put hundreds of digital photos together to create an image, I make a short documentary film. I assemble it in the form of a photo.
"I shoot with available light. It takes about 15 minutes to record a landscape or interior. The optical distortion from a hand-held slightly wide-angle lens makes it impossible for me to seamlessly join the photo parts together. The source photos are apparent, and the new image unfolds and reshapes space. I quite enjoy building a full visual environment from the little image fragments. Seeing and comprehension take place in the brain. A viewer sees the many parts of the photo and finishes the assembly in their mind and adds the ultimate meaning."
Kossy's recent work has been exhibited nationally and is in a number of public and private collections.
The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 2-6pm and by appointment. For further information call (937) 767-1711.