the Griffin Museum at the Stoneham Theatre

Layers of Illusion
Carol Isaak
August 27, 2015–November 5, 2015

Reception is September 3, 2015, from 6:30-8:30 PM

Carol Isaak ‘s photographs are what she calls “optical jokes about three dimensional space that is compressed into two dimensions eliciting questions about the subject.”

Isaak’s’ Layers of Illusion will be featured in the Griffin Museum’s Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, August 27-November 5, 2015. It runs parallel to the theater’s productions of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Luna Gale.”

A reception is September 3, 2015, from 6:30-8:30pm. The artist will be present and give an informal talk about the exhibition.

“The portfolio Layers of Illusion is an inquiry into what is hidden and what is revealed; what is real and what is artificial; what is on top and what is underneath, and how we identify those aspects that are juxtaposed in these photographs,” says Issac. “Some of the images are painted onto tarpaulins covering something else, some are translucent, or perhaps they are pierced.”

Originally from New York City, Isaak attended Cooper Union where she first experienced photography. Isaak currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Selections from her work have been featured in exhibitions in Lishui, China; PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont; A Smith Gallery Texas; Blue Sky Gallery; University of Oregon Law School Gallery, and Camerawork Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

See more of Carol Isaak’s work in the Virtual Gallery

Stoneham Theatre is open Monday through Friday, 11am-6pm and Saturday, 1pm-6pm, as well as one hour before each performance. The Gallery can be accessed through Stoneham Theatre's lobby at 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180.

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