When Lewis Carroll sent Alice through the looking glass, she entered a fantastical world replete with an engaging ensemble of characters and everything including logic, in reverse.  


In our ‘Through the Looking Glass’ exhibit the viewer is also transported and there is also an engaging ensemble of characters, but nothing is in reverse.   Unless, of course, you back up to get a closer look. 


Featured artist Italian Vogue fashion photographer Greg Lotus creates a world where it is perfectly normal for a sophisticate to be across from a large, perfectly coiffed poodle enjoying a champagne lunch or to witness a giraffe striking a pose or to come upon a woman disguised as a peacock lounging on a crimson divan.   


Drawing inspiration from classical paintings and a wide array of sources and life experiences, Lotus reinterprets in his own evocative way the use of light and shadow, playing with angles and composition to enhance the graphic quality of his images. 


Lotus is a master of the allure.  All his narratives draw the viewer in.  Why did that woman dive through the front window of that ’58 corvette? Are those two lovers or does he work for her or both?  Why is that woman eating an enormous egg?  And what’s up with the spaghetti?


In The Black Room another world presents itself only now with words telling a story alongside the characters as mixed media artist John Joseph Hanright presents a heart asking who is the victor and vivid pink lips questioning what is fabulous and Mickey Mouse as a possible bruiser.  


Hanright is a painter and assemblage artist who brings together a combination of vintage pieces from the 40s, 50s, and early 60s alongside contemporary imagery to form paintings that reflect on history while commenting on current times. 


Though Hanright’s work mixes paint and collage while Lotus is all seen through the lens the two artists come together beautifully in this exhibit with vibrant and engaging creations and unlike Alice, you don’t have to climb through a mirror to see them.