Bruce Checefsky's blooms visit BAYarts
The Sullivan Gallery at BAYarts will be botanical from Aug. 10 through Oct. 6. Bringing in the blooms is Cleveland artist Bruce Checefsky, with his show titled "Garden Scans."
Images in this showcase accomplish the impression of flowers in motion. Checefsky manages this by taking a digital flatbed scanner out into his Tremont garden and uses it to photograph the area. The scanned images are made in 30-second intervals, on up to several minutes.
Once the piece is scanned, Checefsky sometimes does some reformatting in a photo editing program, but hardly ever alters the color, density or saturation. This is because he is a master of perception.
"Years of practice has taught me that you can vary the tone of an image by the time of day you scan it. The scanner has this uncanny ability to record light temperature. When I scan in the morning, usually between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., the atmospheric light quality tends to read on the cooler blue side; images made later in the day, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., depending on the time of year, will read warmer, in the yellow and orange spectrum."
Weather plays a critical role in the outcome of the artwork. The sun, he explains, doesn't always help. Instead, it is natural Cleveland sky that's best.
"Direct sunlight rarely works. I prefer to scan on days when billowing clouds are passing through the area which in Cleveland means just about every day. The clouds act as a light diffuser; bounced light is more desirable than direct light but because of the way I’ve designed my garden, I can scan just about any time of day under most weather conditions."
A good deal of Checefsky's process now involves advance planning.
"I also grow plants and flowers in designated areas of the yard, facing east and west, to maximize the rising and setting sun. The garden has become a work of art as much as the scanned flowers."
Viewers can see the art at the opening reception, Friday, Aug. 10, from 7-9 p.m. It will also be on display on Sept. 8, during the Moondance benefit. Tickets for that benefit are on bayarts.net.
Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.