(Hyattsville, MD) In her first solo exhibition, Clara Cornelius creates fantastical digital collages on fabric, paper, buttons, and interactive pieces. IMAGINARY FUNHOUSE is a colorful mélange of kaleidoscopic landscapes and bizarre panoramas created from everyday images that are inverted, blown up, repeated, shrunk down, colored, and mirrored. In this exhibition, Clara remakes the world into an endless, shifting pattern.
IMAGINARY FUNHOUSE opens Friday, January 5 with a reception from 6-8 pm at Pyramid Atlantic (4318 Gallatin Street). The exhibition runs through February 9 with Gallery Hours of 10 am – 6 pm Tuesday – Saturday and 12 – 5 pm Sunday. More information at pyramidatlanticartscenter.org or 301-608-9101.
IMAGINARY FUNHOUSE has been a long time in the making; Clara has curated nearly 20 years of her own photography, breaking images apart into what she calls “precious little pieces.” Her exhibited artworks, which include three epic pieces each 208” x 88”, two interactive works/games, and a button machine (bring your quarters) express delight at the everyday. As Clara puts it, “the dirty/beauty that we create as humans and the perfect/strange elements of nature are woven together in this show and express the weird/perfect universe in my head.”
Clara has been a Graphic Designer and Art Director for the last 20 years, working and living in NYC as the Creative Director at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) while also specializing in work for the cultural sector. She is a photographer, art maker, self-proclaimed “super type nerd,” and lover of all the small details. She is currently Pyramid Atlantic’s Designer in Residence.
ABOUT PYRAMID ATLANTIC ART CENTER
Founded in 1981, Pyramid is a 501(c)(3) non-profit contemporary art center specializing in printmaking, papermaking, and book arts. Its 13,000 square foot facility, located in Hyattsville’s Gateway Arts District, features a papermaking studio, print shop, letterpress studio, bindery, and darkroom that are available to individual artists in a cooperative setting. Pyramid is also home to 18 private art studios and a gallery. Its programs include adult classes for all experience levels, residencies, and off-site demonstrations and classes for schools and other arts organizations.
Pictured: If u like it then u shoulda put a face on it. Digital Collage Printed on Canvas, 2017
Additional images available upon request.