Flora Nocturne is an analysis that compares and contrasts two visual constructs; objective poetic transformation and abstraction. Objective poetic transformation is not a new idea and derives from photographic statements and criticism from the twentieth century. Practitioners from Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston to Minor White were pursuant of purity, objective observations and gateways. The construct of abstractions came from painting and influenced not only photography but the art world as whole in the twentieth century. The theme of this collection explores these tensions between representation and abstraction, real and unreal, reality and imagination, leaving the viewers to question, reconcile, and manifest.
Richard Peña was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. He now lives with his wife in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Constellations, Destinations and Other Meditations Published October 09, 2012
American Dreaming Published September 22, 2012