I'm really excited to be asked to showcase my scenic photography on an amazing material never before used for photographs - aluminum panels!
The Westlake Porter Public Library has asked me to provide several limited edition pieces from my digital art collection for exhibition at the library.
Aluminyzed photos come alive, as vibrant colors illuminate every detail, adding depth and dimension that showcase the image in brilliant color that pops off the surface. They have a distinct presence - drop one and you'll hear the sound of extremely durable, unbendable aluminum.
The exhibit includes a fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge taken from Alcatraz, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island appearing as if it were taken in a by-gone era and a unique rendering of a horseless buggy at Grand Pacific Junction in Olmsted Falls.
Over the past three years, I've utilized a proprietary digital process to meld photographs into faux paintings. I’ve always wanted to create beautiful images of landscapes and unusual architecture. Unfortunately, I never did well in art class as a child. Although I had an idea of what good composition was, I just couldn’t draw a stick figure to save my life!
I then fell in love with photography and was finally able to capture amazing scenes with a camera where an artist brush failed me. However, my images still looked like pictures. The digital process I now use has elevated my photographs to look like the paintings that I sought since I was a little boy.
You can view more of my artwork (although it's not on the aluminum panels) at www.mark-madere.artistwebsites.com.
The library is at 27333 Center Ridge Road in Westlake. The exhibit runs through the end of January.
Watch a brief video of more art at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KGrsSwVrmM&feature=g-upl
View and/or order prints at http://www.mark-madere.artistwebsites.com.
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