Artist: Sarah Allsup
Exhibition: Altered Landscapes
Media: Portraits, Pictures
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Sarah Allsup is a student that attends the University of Central Florida. Sarah had two photographs of landscapes on display that showed pictures of mountains with a sky. Her art work was at display at the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery. At the Merlino Gallery there was an exhibition in exchange of art work between Cal State Long Beach and the University of Central Florida. The pictures inside Merlino Gallery were chosen by a judge in order to make it on display. Sarah was not at the Merlino Gallery and I was not able to obtain her website or Instagram. However, I was able to meet Nicole the exhibit coordinator. Nicole is a senior at CSULB and is an undergraduate student attending the School of Arts Photography program working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Nicole has been coordinating the exhibits for two years now.
The two photographs include a peak of a snowy mountain with an orange cloudy sky for the first photograph and a cloudy blue sky for the second photograph. The shots taken are of America’s Southwest of landscapes that are untouched by man.The images were first shot on film and then digitally scanned. The digital scans were then manipulated in order to change the colors of the sky and surroundings. These photographs are on top of a white frame that make them stand out more.
These photographs depict two different colors of the sky giving two different points of view. The orange sky gives the impression of hot and smokey while the blue sky gives the impression of cold and dark. In Sarah’s statement she mentions man is always at a struggle to manipulate their surroundings to meet their specific needs. The images were heavily manipulated to give the impression of how man manipulates nature in the same way.
I found her photographs to be interesting because they portrayed different circumstances to me. In the orange sky, I felt a message of hot hard times to be faced while the blue sky gave me the message of cold and a dark hibernation stage. When I read Sarah’s statement it explained the Man vs Nature aspect of these photographs. Sarah mentions that man is always manipulating its surroundings in order to make a better suited environment for themselves. Her statements gave me a better understanding of her photographs and it kinda correlated with the message I got from them. Man has been manipulating its surroundings to survive and the orange sky represented the hard grind of spring and summer; while the blue sky represented the long winter hibernation state of the end of the year. It would have been great to meet Sarah Allsup in person to talk about her art and what message I got from it compared to the message she is trying to portray.