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If you can’t make it to the show in-person, view the 3D exhibit here!
bG Gallery is proud to announce Double Optic: Ivan Butorac and Yaron Dotan. Both artists create optical works that overcome the constraints of abstraction but serve two different purposes and perspectives. Dotan creates hidden optical images based on cognitive neuroscience perception processes, which he then uses to understand and dismantle social and psychological constructs. Butorac’s practice begins with a representational photograph, which is then sliced apart into geometric slivers and rearranged to create heightened perceptual impact.
Join bG Gallery and artists Ivan Butorac and Yaron Dotan for a live and virtual opening reception from the gallery Saturday, October 17, 2020, 2-6pm. Butorac and Dotan will speak with bG about the work included in the show and answer questions. In the interest of maintaining COVID safety protocols, the show launch will be open by appointment only in groups of 6 or less from 2-5pm so that guests might enjoy refreshments, chat with the artists, and see the work in person safely and then be followed by a virtual reception 5-6pm.
About Ivan Butorac
“Love for art started at an early age,” Butorac says, “I remember coming home from school with friends and their reaction after seeing my parents’ art that was everywhere in the house, they loved it, it was almost magical. I discovered the power art and colors have on human emotion and mood.” he goes on to explain his practice, stating, “[art is] the discovery of one’s own possibilities. It’s about freedom, self-expression and following your interests, and going beyond the rational mind, the ego. It’s about bringing people together. . . I am interested in bringing light into the world
Ivan Butorac attempts to see an object and then to recreate it in the liminal space between meaning and meaninglessness, abstraction and figuration, reality and imagination. He concerns his work with the questions it creates, rather than the message it may convey. “What does this look like?”, “Does it remind me of something?”, and “How does this make me feel?” are often Butorac’s primary preoccupations. In centering himself within the discourse and dialogue his work provokes, he opens his work to his viewers and gives them the space and freedom to make discoveries therein.
Ivan Butorac lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
About Yaron Dotan
Yaron Dotan is blind in one eye. What many might consider a hindrance and a handicap, Dotan has harnessed as a tool to heighten his creativity and to produce work that is familiar and physiologically confounding simultaneously. Employing realistic subject matter with rhythmic lines inspired by optical design, Dotan poses questions about the nature of perception, illusion, invisibility, and certainty.
As part of an ongoing project Dotan has traveled throughout more than twenty states drawing roadside portraits of people from all walks of life using his signature marker and white-out style in what has become his “Draw America Project”. In Brooklyn, Dotan developed a program for at-risk high school students to create murals in schools throughout the borough. His mural efforts have been broadly covered by the press, including the Brooklyn Eagle, Sing Tao Daily, Brooklyn News 12, and The New York Times. In Los Angeles he co-developed “StArt Projects”, a program designed to help advanced high school art students create large scale projects in a variety of different media.
Yaron Dotan is a Los Angeles-based artist who works in a variety of media and styles to produce optical drawings, narrative paintings, portraiture, and video art. He holds an MFA from Tufts University, an MS in Education from St. John’s University, and a BA in English Literature from Queens College.
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