David Bakalar

David Bakalar

Solarized Images
October 19 - November 17, 2006

Artist's Statement: "The work deals with the transient nature of what we regard as reality. Mirrors which are meant to show the present show something else. Time and space are mixed. Forms become voids. Certaintude becomes ambiguity."

Pine Manor College is pleased to present the photography of David Bakalar in the exhibit David Bakalar: Solarized Images at the Hess Gallery from October 19 – November 17, 2006. In iconic images of family and other subjects, Bakalar, long known as a sculptor, turns his attention to photography to continue his exploration of the “mysteriously surreal” experience of life.  Through digital manipulation of “ordinary” scenes, he interjects unexpected silhouettes, superimposed grids, and reversals of color and value that bring the viewer into fresh contact with the underlying dynamics of every day life. His experimentation with the photographic image builds on his long inquiry into the intersection of artistic and scientific thought and processes.

Bakalar’s lecture “My Photographic Journey and its Unexpected Discovery” will be a discussion of the ways digital photography has affected his sculpture, and will take place on Wednesday, October 25, at 7 pm in the Founder’s Room of the Ferry Building. The artist’s reception will be immediately following.

Noted as a physicist, businessman, sculptor and philanthropist, Bakalar received advanced degrees in physics from Harvard, and metallurgy from MIT, going on to found Transitron Electronics Corporation of Wakefield, Massachusetts, where he served as president for many years. Long interested in art, he was encouraged by the late sculptor George Segal to begin making his own work. His sculpture is held in permanent collections throughout the U.S. including the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Brandeis University, Columbia Law School, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. His exhibitions have included a solo exhibit in St. Petersburg’s Russian Museum in 1993, and a major exhibit of sculpture and paintings “Figures in Motion,” in 2000 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.

Artist's Lecture and Reception: Wednesday, October 25, 7pm in the Founder's Room; reception immediately following in the Hess Gallery