Bret Llewellyn Gallery: Alysia Kaplan

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On February 23, 2017 I attended the opening of Alysia Kaplan’s gallery show “(In) Voluntary Memories”. Kaplan describes her work as the moment when an imagined or tangential remembrance seems more authentic than the one our mind remembers. It pushes the idea of whether or not we can rewrite these memories and set moments free from the expectations they once held. One specific piece in the gallery that caught my attention was a collection of hung on the wall depicting different scenes or objects. The use of color in the images creates a sense of mood and emotion. Soft, cool colors such as blues and purples convey a feeling of sadness, whereas brighter colors like white has a more peaceful feeling. In terms of memories, the use of color in the photographs to show emotion could represent joyous moments in one’s life, as well as the dismal ones. In addition, symbolism is a very prominent theme and makes the viewer really think about the deeper meanings behind each image. Memories are often marked by a specific event or object, and Kaplan really ties into how our mind works in regards to how we process life experiences.

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