Ineffable: Perceptions of Beauty

The Gamut never fails. Okay, maybe I’m a little biased because I wrote a feature on the exhibit but every one I’ve been to has been its own unique experience (kind of the point, I know).

I knew it was going to be different from the interview with the curator, Ramses Alarcon-Sanchez. He wanted to take these photographs and put his own mark on them, literally. It was his way of bringing out the hidden beauty or ugliness of each photo and challenging peoples’ perception of what beauty is.

Each piece was unique, from the original photograph to the result once Alarcon-Sanchez was done with his part. Many of his contributions took the form of patterns drawn on the skin of image’s subject. What those patterns represented was left up to each person, and none of the works even had names.  Some patterns looked as if they came from Native American traditions, which wouldn’t be too surprising as Alarcon-Sanchez has also participated in many peyote and sweat lodge rituals.

It was a great event, and I look forward to more from both Alarcon-Sanchez and the Gamut.




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