The Spaces Between:
Mixed Media by Christian Duran
August 28-January 17, 2021
Mixed media artist Christian Duran creates “theatrical landscapes” that, while giving a nod to historic botanical illustrations, break out of the confines of representational rendering to create a way of looking at nature in abstract. Rather than mapping out his compositions, Duran utilizes intuition and spontaneity to explore the beauty and mystery of the natural world in his compositions.
Duran’s forms are created by using scraps of former paintings and repurposing them into layered and sanded collage-like shapes further enhanced with charcoal, acrylic paint, ink, and oils. Wholly organic, his images evoke sea urchins, flowers and the teeming worlds seen under a microscope.
Mid-Century Tourism on the Silver River:
Photographs by Bruce Mozert
August 28-December 31, 2020
Bruce Mozert (1916-2015) holds a rich and unique place in Florida’s history. He spent 30 years as the official photographer for Silver Springs, Florida’s first tourist attraction – and for Paradise Park, the once segregated counterpart to Silver Springs located just one mile downriver. Using the crystal-clear waters of the Silver River, Mozert’s iconic underwater photography and exclusive access to both parks created some of the most widely recognizable tourism photography of the mid-20th century.
This exhibition will feature photographs of both Silver Springs, Paradise Park, as well as other ephemera, that will highlight Mozert’s innovation, creativity, and significance to the history of tourism in Marion County.