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  • Urban Gardening

    Penny Adam, Photography

    September 7 – 29, 2018

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Urban Gardening featuring photographic art by Penny Adam. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, September 7, 2018 and hang in the gallery until September 30. 2018.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 7 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Penny.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Penny Adam says, “This collection, exhibited with Frame Works, is a cumulation of two of my favorite genres of photography – street and macro.  Large or small, the world around us is an amazing place!

    Photography provides a great outlet of creativity from the day job.  As a formally trained design professional working in the architectural construction industry, the work day is filled with projects across the country.  Each day revolves around fast paced communications, decisions, client needs, and results.  By contrast photography causes me to slow down, take a look around, and appreciate life whether on the city streets or in nature.  My intent with the exhibition is to convey a snapshot of city life by capturing a moment unfolding or by sharing a vision of the amazing intimacies of nature.

    Being somewhat introverted, street photography seems a bit intrusive, but the stories are fascinating with their windows into everyday life.  Whether conflicting – as in “Separate Worlds” or “Serenade” – joyful – “Dancer” or “Joyful” – or simply matter of fact – “Back to the Office” or “Song for the Broken” – there are stories on the streets.  Instances change quickly so it helps to have practiced fast paced decision making.

    Macro photography is quite different with its focus on the elements of design such as line, shape, color, form, and texture.  My goals with macro are to apply elements of design into visually harmonious images by containing enough detail to validate existence yet remain abstract enough to be ethereal and invoke an emotion or experience.”

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