Tableau Vivant September 5, 2008 - October 18, 2008Opening Reception: Friday September 12, 7-10pm
ta·bleau vi·vant n. pl. tab·leaux vi·vants A scene presented on stage by costumed actors who remain silent and motionless as if in a picture. [French : tableau, picture + vivant, living.]
Joy Goldkind was 50 years old before she took her first photography class, though her background was always based in the fine arts. Despite an unusually late start, Goldkinds career as a fine arts photographer has progressed rather rapidly. Her photographs of nude dancers, geishas, drag queens, ballerinas, circus performers, etc. have not gone unnoticed. Shot with Polaroid type 55 films her subjects are soft in contrast yet strong in spirit. Sometimes inspired from a fantasy world, the use of double exposures and slow shutter speeds help Joy to change what is true and expected into a more surrealistic scene. The old world beauty and quality they possess is in no doubt influenced by a deep interest in art history.
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