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NJ Emerging Artist Series: Daniel Sroka

Date(s) - 04/28/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Monmouth Museum

NJ Emerging Artists Series


NJ Emerging Artists Series

Daniel Sroka –  Nature from a Different Angle

April 28th – May 28th 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28th from 6 – 8 pm

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, May 17th from 7 – 8 pm

The Opening Reception and the Gallery Talk are free and open to the public

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

Artist’s Statement
I create immersive abstract photographs from the most familiar parts of nature—leaves, shells, ice, and seeds. I only photograph what I can hold in my hands, creating art that explores nature on a personal scale. I’ve always been more interested in a leaf that fell to the ground than the view in the distance. When I pick up a leaf and experience it firsthand, nature becomes real for me: an integral and relevant part of my life. I make art that recreates this feeling of holding a part of nature in your hands, and personally connecting with it.
Whenever I walk through my neighborhood in Northern New Jersey, I habitually collect the delicate fragments of nature I find in my path—the leaves, sticks, flowers, or seeds that have fallen to the ground, often overlooked and ignored. Back in my studio, I spend days, or even weeks, carefully exploring the unique character and personality of each leaf or seed. It is a slow, careful process of perception, evaluation, and experimentation. By working with abstraction, texture, and form, I create photographs that reveal the complexity buried within in the simplest parts of nature.