Gargoyles and Graveyards: B&W Photography Exhibit by Paul Szlosek
October 1 - October 31
Stop by October 1st-31st to view the black & white photography of poet and artist Paul Szlosek.
A meet the artist reception including an open mic poetry reading will take place on Saturday, October 26th from 1-4 p.m. For more information call 508-949-6232.
Paul Szlosek is an artist, magician, poet, blogger, and photographer born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, but currently residing in Worcester. He was a founder and host of the popular Poet’s Parlor poetry venue for over 13 years, and has recently started a brand new open mic and featured poet reading series (with Ron Whittle) in Southbridge called The Poetorium at Starlite. His daily photo blog can be viewed HERE.
Artist’s Statement: Since I first took a photograph of a cement bulldog with wings dripping a steady stream of water from his jaws along the roadside in Sturbridge in 2013, I have become fascinated with this strange parallel world of fantastical creatures that exists along side ours, but we seldom notice: gargoyles lurking in our architecture, marble angels weeping in our cemeteries, and fairies frolicking on our front lawns. With my digital camera, I have sought to capture these strange and striking statuary throughout New England, and share them with the rest of the globe on my daily photo blog Gargoyles and Grotesques :Don’t Look Up! Something May Be Watching You…, posting over 2000 such images there through the years. Although the digital images are originally in color, I have made the artistic choice of draining them of all hue, feeling B&W is the perfect medium for the subject matter. To misquote a popular Paul Simon song, monochrome “makes you think all the world’s a gloomy day” and everything looks weirder in black and white.” This exhibit “Gargoyles and Graveyards” is just a small sampling of these photographs, but I hope they will be your portal into this eerie yet tender otherworldly universe.