Friday, December 2, 2011

iPhone Photographs : New Series

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be one of 9 artists participating in The LightRoom's mobile phone photography show.  There's a reception Saturday afternoon, December 10, 2011 from 2-5 PM at The LightRoom, 2263 5th Street in Berkeley, and the show will be up until January 6th.

This is a new series of abstract works created with an older iPhone of everyday objects. These images deal with memory-- evocative fragments that are familiar, evanescent and difficult to pin down. Ambiguity opens onto different spatial realms that invite looking, but resist identification.


Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, Memory 7, 2011
Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, Shard 1/AG (2011)

Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, Lifeblood 5 (2011)
Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, Shard 3 (2011)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

La Pirata Cofresi: photographs by Ellen Fernandez-Sacco




La Pirata Cofresi
Photographs by Ellen Fernandez-Sacco

While on a research trip to Puerto Rico, I was invited to attend a ballet entitled La Pirata Cofresi, based on the life of Roberto Cofresi (actually Roberto Kupferschein y Ramirez de Arellano 1791-1825), the most renowned pirate in Puerto Rico. It took place at the Francisco Arrivi Theatre in Santurce, complete with an ingenious series of stage sets and lighting arrangements that transformed the dancers space.
The libretto for the performance was based on Alejandro Tapia y Rivera's mythic version of Cofresi's life (1876), encapsulated within an oral history told to a child that serve as the beginning and endpoints of the narrative. Different works of classical music drove the action.
What fascinated me about the dance was how bodies shifted and moved through different suggested landscapes, with dramatic, saturated colors providing access into interior, emotional space.
My series of images are a visual record of the trails left by the dancers bodies as they jumped, twisted or spun through the space of the stage. Magically their bodies fused into different forms, and metamorphosed into other impossible shapes that melted space and time together.
La Pirata Cofresi (2007)
Ballet Senorial, Director, Grace M. Bigas
Concept: Julita Maldonaldo, Anthony Gonzalez
Libretto: Hector Rodriguez
Artistic Director, Choreographer & Producer: Julio Enrique Rivera

A series of ten photographs are up now in Studio 8, at the Compound Gallery & Studios in Oakland, California. If you're interested in purchasing an image (8 x 10 photo printed on Ilford paper, framed) please contact me at efsacco@gmail.com .

Monday, March 30, 2009

CRE8 - Tuesday March 31 2009, Swarm Studios

i'm pleased to announce that I am one of the participating artists at CRE8, a fundraiser for the Center for Latino Policy Studies at UC Berkeley. It's happening at Swarm Studios, 560 Second Street, Oakland, CA near Downtown Jack London Square, 7-9 PM.
For tickets, please go to: http://www.clpr.berkeley.edu