Looking Glass Gallery presents 'awed'

Article Published: Aug. 18, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 6, 2011
Looking Glass Gallery presents 'awed'

Looking Glass Gallery in Appalachian State University's Plemmons Student Union presents "awed," a series of photos by senior art major Allison McDonald.

The show will be on view from Aug. 23 to Sept. 13, with a reception on Friday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public, with food and refreshments to be provided. The exhibition is curated by Dianna Loughlin, curator of the Looking Glass Gallery.

Gallery hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. Gallery admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.LookingGlassGallery.appstate.edu.

Exercising a combination of film photography, digital imagery and sound, the voices of these portraits are echoed throughout the gallery space, inviting viewers to listen to interviews with the photographed participants who discuss their most personal struggles and connections with God.

McDonald's inspiration as an artist is fueled through a belief in a greater being. Humbled by a love she views as higher than most, McDonald explores a relationship with God by turning away from herself, looking toward her closest friends and discovering how faith has influenced their lives. Each participant in this project was photographed and interviewed about a prevailing struggle they face day to day.

While these discussions are intimate and equally open for debate, this body of work aims to investigate the dual use of visual and auditory communication to encourage connections between those on view and those looking in.

"These dear friends of mine are human and flawed, just as I am," McDonald said. "However, I believe that in the eyes of God, we are all seen as awed."

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