During a brief stint in public relations, Yuma’s Tanya Flemister fell in love with the process of picture-taking. She moved to Los Angeles to attend the Art Center College of Design, where she came into contact not only with leading artists but also with great designers from all disciplines. Upon graduation, she embarked on a successful career in the world of commercial product photography, after which she turned to documentary and fine art photography.
Flemister’s art exhibition, entitled “Anti-Photography,” runs through December 5 at the 300 S. Main St. Orphanage in Yuma.
The world’s first photo was taken by a French scientist in 1826. As a new way of seeing the world, photography was able to capture fleeting images, light, and movement at speed. When Flemister talks about photography, she brings up fascinating ideas about the intersection of photography and painting in the mid-19th century. Tanya points to Impressionist painters to back up the idea. that the invention of photography enabled the artist to paint mere impressions of subjects rather than depicting the world in detail. After the introduction of photography, painters allowed themselves to experiment with different ways of creating images with as little detail as possible. After all, painting was more about paint and canvas, as evidenced by the works of Jackson Pollock.
Inspired by 20th century painters, Flemister created her anti-photography series and said abstract expressionist Mark Rothko was a huge influence. He is best known for his large-format color field pictures, which are characterized by pure properties such as color, surface, proportion and scale. In these paintings Rothko explores the potential of color contrasts and modulations.
Flemister said the creation of the work in her exhibit was a response to the constant inundation of images and mental noise that people are exposed to on a daily basis.
“You can find peace in the world and in yourself, but only if you look for it,” she said. “There is a silence in nature that you seldom experience when you hear snowflakes falling around it or feel the cool mist on your skin. I reduced the images to a minimum and freed the mind of the viewer from almost all details, anti-photography in a sense. I try to consume the viewer and give him a moment of calm. “
The opening times of the exhibition are Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on Mondays.