Its worth your while to check out local artist Scott Longs show, Friday, April 2, at Paragon. Surprisingly, this is Longs first solo exhibition although he has participated in many group exhibitions. Sadly, Longs first solo show will be the last exhibit for Paragons gallery space.
Known primarily as a sculptor, Longs exhibition diverges from his past work, incorporating sculptural forms with photography and mixed-two-dimensional media. The pieces are the results of his new interest in digital photography and manipulating digital images. Its very close to working with clay;youre able to push and pull things. Its another tool to get you where you want to go, Long says of his experiments with PhotoShop.
Another difference from previous work is that the new artworks share more of a common theme, a dream theme of flying, along with themes peculiar to each piece. As a whole, the body of work suggests not only renewal, but the personal meaning and mystery of dreams. Long describes recurring dreams of flying with the help of machinery and vehicles, of always needing some help in pushing off from the ground. He is uncertain whether the surreal, evocative images you can create with PhotoShop were the catalyst for flying dreams, or whether dreams inspired the artwork.
Many pieces include elements of Longs sculpture in the form of clay human and animal figures, some of which were molded and fired years ago and resurrected for the new work. The figures are suspended against their framed space, against backdrops that might suggest the sky, windows, or space.
While he has no plans to discontinue with sculpture, Long considers mixed media and photography always an option for the future. He describes the show as scary, cumbersome, and controversial.
Come see for yourself. Scott Longs exhibition will be at Paragon Restaurant 205 West State St., from Friday, April 2 to Saturday, May 29.