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Tomorrow night, Saturday, May 25, 2013, a one-woman exhibit of the work of Palm Beach-based artist Elle Schorr will be on view from 7 till 11 pm at Project Fine Art by Helium Creative in the FAT arts district in Fort Lauderdale. For more info visit www.projectfineart.com or call 954-333-8900.
Schorr is an artist I have a great deal of respect and admiration for. I’ve written about her work before. I met her in 2011 when she organized a photography exhibit at the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach and I wrote about the exhibit and her work for Palm Beach ArtsPaper.
I mentioned her again in the Palm Beach 2013 season preview for art that I wrote for the paper back in the fall because she runs these wonderful art salons, also at the Armory. There are two different salons. The Mixed / Multi Media Salon is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. The other is the Art, Women and Culture Salon, which is held on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 till 8:30pm. They explore artists who have been influential and inspirational, and discuss participants’ own contemporary art practices. Schorr has lectured on her photography, and organized several group presentations. (Read more about Schorr’s salons here: http://www.armoryart.org/ArtSalons )
My admiration for Schorr is the result of both her talent and her commitment to art in South Florida. She’s the most in-the-know-about-art person I know here. Not only does she organize the salons, but she supports all of the major art events and exhibits by other artists in the county at galleries and museums. If I want to know about interesting art events happening anywhere in between Palm Beach and Miami, I know that Schorr is the right person to ask.
Her commitment to art is complemented by the fact that she supports others. She gives back to the artistic community and I admire that. Her salons give many local artists the opportunity to showcase their talent and their expertise and that’s something that was really needed here in Palm Beach before she began. So, she’s also helping to shape a supportive community for artists, and even art writers like myself.
And her work is excellent. She’s an extremely talented photographer who sees the world in her own unique way and brings that vision to her viewer. Her photographs look like collages, but they are not. Rather, they are reflections of images in windows and those images are often full of interesting people and objects, color and composition. In many ways, Schorr’s work reminds me of the photo-realist paintings that Richard Estes did in the 60s. Yet, Schorr attributes her use of reflections to being spurred by an exhibit she saw of the work of Lee Friedlander, who also did many photos of reflections in his car’s rear-view window.
Schorr also references Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott and Diane Arbus as artists that have influenced her. What makes her work so unique is her penchant for capturing a reflection at precisely the moment when there’s something very interesting happening. Often, you’ll think she’s incorporated multiple images into the work when it’s really just one reflection that was caught at a moment when the light shone a certain way to creative multiple reflected images. Schorr says that she’s fascinated by the interplay of light and shadows and watching, “…different things emerge and disappear.”
An artist is always showing the viewer their viewpoint, but when what is being shown is a reflection the work takes on multiple layers of intrigue and that’s what I find most captivating about Schorr’s imagery. I find myself creating narratives in my mind about what I’m seeing reflected back at me and those narratives likely say more about me and my associations than they do about Schorr’s intention, and that’s another layer.
You can see more of Schorr’s work and learn more about her on her website: http://elleschorrphotography.com/presentations.php