Flight of Fancy Opening Reception

6pm-8pm Fri, Jun 29, 2018

Venue: Panopticon Gallery

502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA 02215

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Flight of Fancy June 29 - September 3, 2018 Reception: June 29, 6-8pm Panopticon Gallery celebrates the spirit of summer with color and whimsy in Flight of Fancy. The human imagination has a tendency to soar beyond reality into the sublime. Fanciful notions and imaginative ideas are on display in this group show featuring works by Claire Rosen, Stephen Sheffield, and Kerry Mansfield. Claire Rosen's photographs of exotic live birds against ornamental wallpaper explore the contradictory nature of possessing something wild. The images become fanciful illustrations of artificiality--a testament to humankind's wild imagination. Stephen Sheffield's midcentury inspired collages contrast the idyllic and scientific. Evocative of old Hollywood glamour, images of stylish magazine men and women are layered over architectural diagrams, electrical circuits, and sheet music. The brightly colored hang gliders against clear blue skies in Kerry Mansfield's dream-like photographs elicit a sense of adventure and whimsy. Reversing her perspective in aerial views of coastal California, her figures perch on thresholds: wading out into the water and flying out of frame. Impractical and imaginative, Flight of Fancy navigates the surreal landscape of romanticism. Flight of Fancy is on view from June 29 to September 3, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 29, from 6 to 8pm. The gallery is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gallery Staff is available Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For additional information, please visit our website panotpicongallery.com, or contact Gallery Director Kat Kiernan at info@panopticongallery.com or 617.396.7803.

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