Honestly, there’s something about the art of photography that beckons to my soul. I can’t get enough of good, solid, journalistic-type photos. You know, the kind that make you see the ordinary in an extraordinary way. It’s almost as if they freeze the most mundane moments in time, allowing the viewer to form their own value judgment.

This same sentiment can be applied to Vanessa Atlan’s conception of photography – as a believer in its power to bring back memory and to capture time. “Photography can become a bizarre medium, a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time.” It is indeed hallucinations, “memories of other lives, imagined or lived” (to quote Atlan) that the artist captures with the camera. She creates a kaleidoscope of images, as complex and fascinating as life itself. The photographer manages to transcend any limitable difference between life and art, dreams and reality.

Imagine my excitement when I heard that she was opening her first gallery exhibit in the United States, right in Los Angeles. Officially beginning January 20th, “Wonderland Stereo”, focuses on the different mediums and presents unreleased material. Photographs, projections, and drawings are gathered in a both hypnotic and poetical environment.

So, I encourage all of you readers to come out and view her beautiful pieces. It’s bound to be a wonderful exhibit, with something for everybody.

Check out her work here, at her website. Unfortunately, her work isn’t able to be “copied and posted” onto the blog due to copyright protection. So you’re just going to have to take my word for it and visit her website. You won’t be disappointed.

Showing at the “Here is Elsewhere” Gallery.
B 231 Space, Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave # G102- Blue Building, Second Floor,
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Runs from January 20 – March 1, 2011.

(Text modified from the official gallery website.)

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