Fractured Dimensions, my exhibition of photo and video montages, opened at Le Méridien Hotel, Chiang Mai on November 15th. It felt like it had been a long time coming, however, in reality, the time frame in which I created most of the work for the show was just a matter of months.
Irene Thepper, one of the hotel’s marketing team, had seen two of my montages at Focus Gallery earlier this year and asked me if I would be interested to exhibit at the hotel. Some samples of my art were presented to Greg Anderson, the General Manager of Le Méridien CM, who took a strong liking to them, especially the video montages. He had great vision for how my art could be displayed in the hotel’s main lobby.
I set to creating new pieces and working on new concepts. Ideas came together, vision for the exhibition expanded, dates for the opening got pushed back, but before I knew it, it was opening night.
Greg had wanted a real modern party atmosphere for the evening, and achieved this splendidly with great mood lighting and a hip DJ – not to mention free flowing wines! A huge screen had been installed on the glass wall in the lobby onto which my videos were projected. They also played on four large flat screen TVs. I had completed 13 large print montages and 7 smaller ones which were displayed around the lobby.
People watching is a pastime I enjoy – but never as much as this night! Seeing friends and strangers alike contemplate my art was such a pleasure. Some would come into the space, greet friends, chat for a while and then fade off into one of the video screens. Others would arrive and ignore the crowd and become immediately absorbed in viewing the prints. Feedback was like receiving verbal hugs all evening! My art touched people, especially the videos. My face ached of smiles.