Exposure Fine Art Gallery & Studio is hosting an exhibit of Tom Suhler’s art created from an evolving production that’s been going on for over two years. This production started as an exploration of what it would be like to live in clouds and morphed into ideas inspired by Greek philosophers and particle physics.
The exhibit explores the evolving nature of his work, its motivations, and the production which was first envisioned almost 10 years ago.
Suhler collaborates with members of Austin’s elite dance
community as the dancers assume character roles in his single-image
“Dancers are great artists to work with in creating still
narratives,” Suhler said. “In dance, they portray characters while
expressing ideas and emotions through movement and form — that’s
exactly what we are striving for.”
All the photographs are created on set without the use of Photoshop or other digital manipulation software.
This will be the final show in Exposure Fine Art Gallery & Studio at its current location. Come help us celebrate as we move from our home for the last 7 years. Exposure will be relocating to a yet to be determined location.
This event is open to the public.
Location: Exposure Fine Art Gallery & Studio 777 Shady Lane #8 Austin, Texas 78702
Date & Time: Friday September 27, 2019 Time: 7:00PM – 11:30PM
Exhibit Continues: September 28th Time: 1:00PM – 6:00PM
An Austin artist is creating increasingly abstract scenes in his photographs without Photoshop or other digital manipulation software.
Tom Suhler recently took on the challenge of creating surreal imagery on set and sharing his images with viewers just days later. It provides a backstage view of the process as it unfolds.
“Traditionally I’ve waited to share my work until a collection of ideas was complete,” Suhler explained. “This year I took a different approach and started posting a few images from each session on my blog (artloversinsights.com) and social media. People ask me when they could see the new work and this allows me to show it without stopping production,” which is now in its third year.
His current production keeps growing and generating different genres. What started as an exploration of life in the clouds has led to collections inspired by Plato’s Symposium and by Vitruvius’ proportions of the human body which inspired da Vinci.
“In April I was hit with this idea of how I could fracture reality through surreal imagery,” Suhler said. “This was inspired by particle physics, string theory, the nature of consciousness, and more.”
Suhler collaborates with members of Austin’s elite dance community as the dancers assume character roles in his single-image narratives.
“Dancers are great artists to work with in creating still narratives,” Suhler said. “In dance, they portray characters while expressing ideas and emotions through movement and form — that’s exactly what we are striving for.”
Why no digital manipulation?
“I love challenging myself in as many different ways as possible simultaneously,” Suhler explained. “Creating meaningful artistic expressions satisfies the urges from my right brain, while my left brain impulses focus on the technical challenges in my artistic decisions.”
Suhler will exhibit his recent work this fall at Exposure Fine Art Gallery & Studio, in East Austin.
New West Records licensed two of my images for Los Coast’s debut album. Thanks to Trey Privott, Kevin Wommack, and Matt Etgan for making this happen. Los Coast is an Austin based band. The album, Samsara, is due out in June.
In the Smoke Collection, I combine dancers, aerialists, nudes and smoke to create compelling and complex imagery. This video is a visual guide that leads you through some of the forms, characters and stories each with different relationships, struggles, emotions and perspectives.
I visit many different types of art exhibits and spend countless hours thinking about what makes one engaging. A brief guide that provides just a little bit of context is one of the elements I appreciate. I don’t want to much information, just a nudge in a general direction. Then I can explore the art on my terms. There is always time to find out more about the art and artist later. This video is crafted to be that kind of a nudge.
Life Inside the Frame tries to get the viewer to engage a work by exploring many of the different pieces that make up the whole. Then looking at the work in its entirety.
Another element I like is something that gets me physically engaged with art. My Changing Perspectives piece works in this manner and is something that audiences seem to enjoy.