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"Bridges" photographs by Diana Blaisure closes


The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of mono-chrome prints by photographer Diana Blaisure at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery.

“There are many definitions and applications of the word. My work begins with exploring bridges for their sculptural aspects.  The sweep of a curve, the geometry of the piers, the patterns of steel underneath the roadbed. More than a span connecting one access point to another.

Bridge also functions as a metaphor: linking analog and digital as I combine scanned water-color mono-prints with digital photography. Integrating abstract forms and color of a mono-print with the solid form and composition of a bridge is the initial step. The process has allowed me to look at bridges with new eyes. It is an experiment, changing the opacity, shifting the color intensity, trying different mono-prints, using more than one section of a bridge in the same composition.*

The process is a journey of discovery. Abstract patterns emerge, colors shift, geometric forms can lose their anchor and seem to float.”

For the more than 30 years, photography has been the primary creative expression for artist Diana Blaisure. When preparing for retirement from city planning, she made a list of what she wanted to accomplish in this new phase of her life and, topping the list, was to formally study photography. In 2011, Blaisure began taking classes at Orange Coast College, in their highly regarded photography program.

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, July 9 through September 7, 2018.

(Coronado Duet by Diana Blaisure)


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