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DREAMSCAPES
DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009

Sweet Pea

4x5 transparency on metallic photo paper

75x95 cm

2009

DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009

Color Frenzy

4x5 transparency on Fuji photo paper

75x60 cm

1992

DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009

Flowers and Shadows I

6x7 film on Fuji photo paper

28x32 cm

2008

DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009

Tiles Begonia (20 pieces

Transparency  printed on Di Bond, UV laminate

33x44 cm (each

2008

DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009

Patience

6x7 film on Fuji photo paper

75x33 cm

2004

DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009

A Quiet Abode

6x7 film on Fuji photo paper

75x33 cm

2005

DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009

Meditation IX

4x5 trancsparency on plexiglass, UV laminate

120x100 cm

1993

 

DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009
DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009
DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009
DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009
DREAMSCAPES
13 July - 28 August 2009

This exhibition of photographs at Nabad features a variety of themes explored by photographer Jan Kassay, including natural and architectural landscapes, people, and an intensely sensuous series of flower images which balance between abstraction and a state that she describes as "outside the realm of reality." In conjunction with the exhibition, Nabad is organizing a roundtable discussion during which Kassay will address the topics of the creative process, composition, the history of photography and methods for developing a portfolio. Kassay is a fine art and commercial photographer who has won numerous awards, among which was the "New Concepts Best Directions, 37th Annual Show" award, held by the Art Directors' Club of Metropolitan Washington in 1986. She lives and works in Amman.

 

Jordanian photographer Jan Kassay explores a variety of themes in the present exhibition, including natural and architectural landscapes, people, and an intensely sensuous series of flower images which balance between abstraction and a state that she describes as "outside the realm of reality." They are reminiscent of Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings. Kassay graduated with a BFA in Commercial Photography and Art History from George Mason University in Virginia. In 1988, she became the first Jordanian photographer to exhibit in Washington, DC. Kassay is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer. She lives and works in Amman.

 

"In photography, one should be intimately familiar with the equipment. The camera becomes an extension of the self, and you work through it instinctively as if taking on a new sense. This way, when creativity hits, you seize the moment naturally and without overindulgent thought - unhindered by questions of what to do.

  I am still not technically oriented and I do not know how to 'play' with a computerized image; but I do know my film, as well as the effects of various processes and use of filters, in addition to a bit of imagination-which transports me, takes me places.

  The beginning and end of it all is an image that is well choreographed and well executed.

  You take a process, build on it, modify it and make it your own. For me, the creation of a photographic piece is like playing an instrument - you mold the sounds in order to create the melodies you hear in your head.

  My artwork is done on medium and large format film and lends itself to mural size enlargements. I like to see little details blown up to a large size and overemphasized.

  The selections for "Dreamscapes" share a feeling of patience and contemplation, a meditative stillness."

 

Jan Kassay

 

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