An exhibition of ethereal photography is in its final days at the Cella Gallery, on Lankershim in NoHo.
Hailing from Louisiana, Scott Rhea’s underwater photographic series, entitled “An Inevitable Consequence,” was inspired by the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The collection explores the theme of cause and affect and features some technically and visually challenging ideas that are delivered in a fashion that is intended to evoke a dreamlike visual state.
Scott Rhea”™s unique vision creates hauntingly, beautiful worlds that simultaneously threaten and entice the viewer.
Preservation of the original state that this work was conceived remained key in bringing the images to life. After Hurricane Katrina, I began waking in the middle of the night and journaling the storybook like visuals, which were oppressively beautiful in ways, yet serene and hopeful. Everyone knew that it was inevitable that New Orleans would eventually suffer this type of fate so the idea of visually exploring cause and effect, actions and consequence, gave way to the common theme of this collection.
The weightless environment of the underwater world and behavior of light in water set a stage for creating a world that cannot be replicated above ground. Collaboration of the many talented people, bravery of the talent, and common belief in the idea that something magical was going to happen were all components that made for the perfect alignment of events for a project like this to be created.
—– Scott Rhea
Don”™t miss this stunning exhibition – closing on January 30th, 2010
Review by Pauline Adamek