Exhibition dates: April 28 – May 15, 2010

Opening reception on April 28th from 7pm to 10pm

by Shems Friedlander

The 13th century Sufi master Jalaluddin Rumi spoke of the inner reality of everyday life; the sound of thunder, the flowers, snow, all of nature, as having a hidden meaning that lies beneath its surface. For the artist this is a process of seeing through one’s inner being into a world of continuous impressions, and being present in a moment of active awareness recorded by the camera.

Life is present in the moment. Illusion is a thought of life in the past or the future, both of which do not exist in reality. The past is gone and will never return, and the future is not a reality…, when it becomes a reality it is the present.

Art is a universal language that can be a bridge to understanding divers cultures of the world. A language that can merge the traditional and contemporary in such a way as to make it a meaningful experience in the world today.

The photograph in its still, frozen form, allows one the possibility to experience and reflect on its presence in the stillness of one’s own being. – Shems Friedlander