Reality Turns Into The Surreal In Roselle Park Artist’s Prints

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WATCHUNG – Roselle Park digital artist Leona M Seufert is displaying three of her surreal works in the hob’art cooperative gallery’s exhibit “Binaries” at the Watchung Art Center, open from Feb. 1-27. There will be a reception on Feb. 7 from 1-4 p.m.

Leona M Seufert is an artist who likes to take reality and use the computer to manipulate it. The 20 artists in this exhibit were tasked with creating work to illustrate the concept of “binaries”, a pairing of what appears to be opposites. The purpose of this exhibit is to challenge that construct, showing that the components of a binary pair are not necessarily “opposites” of each other.

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Seufert chose the real/surreal because, “The aim of most of my current work is to transform everyday images into something that doesn’t exist. However, unlike the Surrealists, I do not use symbols nor do I intend for my images to express unconscious dreams. Instead I wish to make a statement about some inner quality (or experience) about the real image(s). My aim is to challenge this binary by having the viewer realize that the surreal is a metamorphosis having its origin in the real(ity). For me it is like taking DNA from one species, splicing it into the genes of another in order to create an entirely new entity.”

Newark Penn Station Blues by Leona Seufert

In her “Newark Penn Station Blues”, she plants a blue antique car smack in the middle of a train platform’s pedestrian ramp. Why? “Too many times I’ve been stuck on trains, just sitting in that station and feel an old car could have gotten me home faster,” she says.

“Nightfall Elsewhere” is a reflection upon a backyard view from her apartment house. “I can see sunsets that are so spectacular, I just want to freeze them in time instead of fading into darkness,” Seufert said.

“Dollar Store Triptych” is a store in Roselle Park where she resides. “It’s one of those places where you can get stuff real cheap, a sort of stripped down Walmart,” the artist comments. “Hence the bare bones, black and white outline treatment of the real photo.”

The Watchung Art Center is located at 18 Sterling Road in Watchung. For more information, call the center at 1-908-753-0109 or visit www.watchungarts.org.


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