PH GALLERY + STUDIO (formerly Photographic Expressions Studio & Gallery, LLC) is pleased to present the work of visual artist J Swofford. J’s series “Book of the Open Gates” will be featured in the gallery from July 27, 2018 to August 31, 2018. The opening artist reception will take place during Troy Night Out on Friday, July 27, from 5 pm to 9 pm, with an artist talk at 7:00 pm in the gallery.
Joseph Campbell, the most pre-eminent mythologist and student of all religion, once said: “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life…I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality…” (Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth).
J Swofford’s work taps directly into this primal yearning. He visualizes what is beyond our mundane existence, looking into a world of powerful spiritual and mythological significances. Swofford’s image compositions are richly layered with symbolism and imagery not easily grasped by commonplace thinking. They are bold and colorful, dramatic and provocative, multilayered works. Swofford takes us on an otherworldly quest, leading us through the back alleys of our mind’s eye.
“Book of the Open Gates” will be on display and available for viewing by appointment from July 27, 2018 to August 31, 2018, at PH GALLERY + STUDIO, 455 Broadway in downtown Troy. Please contact Gallery Director Pilar Arthur-Snead for an appointment. The gallery will also take part in the Downtown Troy Bid’s Troy Night Out Scavenger Hunt, from 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday, July 27, 2018.