"Whatever happens on any level of reality—physical, emotional, or mental—also happens on every other level." – Bobbie Moline-Kramer
Known as a photorealist and commercial artist Kramer's newest body of work, As Above So Below
, is a departure from decades of hyperrealism to confront primal visions. Unable to make the opening, I was fortunate enough to preview the exhibit and interview the facetious, dynamic artist yesterday.
As Above So Below
originates from an ancient saying, which delves into realms of spirituality, karma and the essential laws of cause and effect. Each piece evolves as that alchemical “One Thing” incorporating drawn and gessoed paper months prior to her trip to Japan, which inspired this series. Unable to be recreated, these one of a kind mixed media works are framed elegantly in simple wooden shadowboxes. Limited edition prints, several of which are printed directly onto glass and backlit have adjustable LED lighting which visitors are encouraged to interact with, other works are printed on glass and backlit, abstracted landscapes glow in harmony with the elements of nature. It is a rarity for concept and execution to be matched equally in outcome, however, anyone attending Saturday's (2.28) artist reception will witness, Kramer's aesthetic prolific statement.
“These are animals,” emphasized Bobbie, as she explained the otherworldliness of the Japanese macaques—better known as Japanese snow monkeys—that fascinated her during repeated treks to and from a Japanese temple. There’s a tension between humanity, emotion—or our perception of it—and the very “otherness” of Bobbie Moline-Kramer’s images.
Focusing on their eyes and hands allows the viewer to connect with haunting expressions captured throughout. Monkeys ranging in age and gender, are the closest in relation to human beings both in condition and physique. Hidden behind constructed recreations of artic snow mountains, frozen lakes and bare trees - each monkey’s gaze stirs up a multitude of emotions; sadness, wisdom, pride and warmth.
In addition, an original score - courtesy of Oscar nominated composer, Geoff Levin, accompanies the show adding an auditory experience alongside the visual transforming the space to perceive each piece.
“As Above So Below,” takes us on Bobbie's journey. The exploration continues next week in Kramer's featured interview.
Reception for the Artist, Feb. 28 7-11pm @ Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012