Caroline Allison, Bonnie O’Hara, Bjorn Sterri

May 23, 2000

Fugitive Art Center presents an exhibition of photographs by Caroline Allison, Bonnie O’Hara, and Bjorn Sterri from June 3 to July 8, 2000. There will be an opening reception on June 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Caroline Allison, Interior Designs
Caroline Allison’s work explores how the nineteenth century Romantic view of Nature and its pure, untainted restorative power are ideals still propagated today. Nature and our notions of idealized beauty are inextricably intertwined. The way we create interior and exterior habitable spaces reflects this desire to be surrounded by beauty. Beauty thus becomes a highly subjective and evaluative measure of ourselves.

Caroline received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in studio art and art history from the University of the South at Sewanee. Recent shows include The Summer Show at Gallery 312 in Chicago and Epic Moments at the NFA Space in Chicago (reviewed in the April 2000 edition of New Art Examiner).

Bonnie O’Hara’s photography is about memory and how memories influence present experience. The images give viewers some literal, visual information which is often combined with words or bits of material, reconstructing a personal narrative. The use of multiple images comes from an interest in cinema, emphasizing the relationship of one image to the next as opposed to the single still. Though there is borrowing from the techniques of experimental filmmaking (tinted images, text panels, black and white combined with color film), the pieces are presented in a different way than film. The viewer has to consider all the information at once making the narrative less linear and more experiential - the way we experience memories.

Bonnie O'Hara, Preparations

Bonnie received an MFA in photography from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College in Annandale NY. She earned a BA in studio art from New York University, New York. She is currently active as a photographer and teaches at Belmont University, Watkins College of Art, and Middle Tennessee State University. Exhibitions include the University of Kentucky, Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville TN, and The Camera Club in London England.

Bjorn Sterri's work is concerned with issues of mortality realized through the relationship between father and son. The autobiographical facts of his own adoption as a child, the birth of his son, divorce from his wife, the impact of the break up upon himself and his son, and subsequent reflections of his own childhood gave rise to the series entitled breathe keep breathing. In this series the photographs are displayed as diptychs, offering images as recollections of his life before adoption juxtaposed with images of himself and his son in the present.

After attending Napier University in Scotland and Konstack School of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm, Bjorn Sterri began exhibiting his photographs in both group and solo shows internationally. He has taught photography at Oslo Photography School, The School of Arts and Crafts in Bergen, Norway, in the Camera Obscura program in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Pluto test site in Oslo.