As a fine art photographer shooting architecture, portraits, landscapes and abstractions, Paul Grand has created portfolios from around the world. His style is painterly, sculptural, and at times, even a bit theatrical. Mr. Grand avoids the big picture and focuses instead on the telling detail. His subjects – people, buildings or landscapes – are intimate, whether whole or fragments. Arches, lanes, doors, floors, windows and walls suggest states of transition. Reflections expose a parallel universe, neither obvious nor expected. Reality weaves into abstraction and rebounds into reality.
The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park and the Trenton Museum Society will present the work of Paul Grand and sculptor Janis Purcell. A gala opening will be held Sept. 26, 7 p.m. There will also be a gallery talk by Paul Grand Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
His interest and perception lies in the smaller mosaics of a few isolated parts of a larger vastness. The results give vivid life to overlooked fragments and the small, forgotten and unseen moments in our lives.
In her sculptures, artist Janis Purcell invites the viewer to stand for a while within the space of her dream life – a landscape adorned with color and texture and peopled with challenged heroes and goddesses, morphing vessels, immortalized flowers, and living music. It is work that represents the artist’s “…spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form…” It is described by Carl Jung in his dream research as work that offers to share, play with, inspire, and entertain the viewer.
The Trenton City Museum is located at the Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park. Hours: Tues.- Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sun, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. http://www.ellarslie.org; 609-989-3632.