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Artist Gallery Talk – Rafal Goraczniak: Beyond Badlands

Date(s) - 06/27/2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monmouth Museum Nilson Gallery

NJ Emerging Artists Series

New Jersey Emerging Artists Series
Rafal Goraczniak: Beyond Badlands

Artist Gallery Talk: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:00pm
The Gallery Talk is FREE and Open to the Public

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Friday: 10:00am – 9:00pm; and Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Admission: $8

Edward Abbey wrote “A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”

For me, photography does exactly this thing. The camera is like a brake, that helps me slow down to engage more deeply with where I am in space and time. From the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, I find inspiration in what is often overlooked, the simple things that are hidden in an intimate landscape. In my work, I strive to create unique but realistic images with a surreal twist; photographs that offer visual metaphors for thoughts and feelings, rather than simply record the reality surrounding me.

The desert landscape is my beloved subject. It is a place where, instead of chasing the light, I simply allow the light to capture me. My favorite moments are when desert light transforms ordinary sandstone into otherworldly formations. Viewers often see sunlit sandstones only for their radiant and saturated colors, so I deliberately chose black and white presentation to expose their beautiful forms, rich with textures and complex geometries. My approach to sandstone photography is to capture both its roughness and its softness, to show that it was formed from sand and will turn into sand again, to convey the message that nothing is lost in the universe.