The new juried visual art exhibition "Symbolic" at Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, MO, 63103, features a black and white, silver gelatin photograph by CB Adams, principal at Qwerky Studio. Jurors Terrence E. Dempsey and Cheri Hoffman, chose the photograph, titled "Concepcion" for this multi-media exhibition, which features 54 artworks by 49 regional artists that depict, incorporate or are inspired by symbols.
Adams submitted his contemplative photograph of a rustic wooden cross because the subject is a symbol by itself and stands, symbolically, for much more. "At first, I thought perhaps the cross would be too obvious, too easy, but I kept returning to the image because of the interplay between light and shadow, the balance between the arched alcove and the shaft of light, and the texture of the cross, the stone wall in the background and the noticeable grain caused by shooting in extremely low light. Those elements create a quiet mood that is just as 'symbolic' or expressive as the subject itself," Adams said.
Adams discovered the cross while exploring the Mission Concepcion, which was dedicated in San Antonio, TX, in 1775 and is the oldest unrestored stone church in America. After shooting what felt like unremarkable, "touristy" images in the sanctuary, he took a staircase that he thought would lead him the exit. Instead, he found himself in a lower level that was unadorned, except for the cross located in a small alcove under the staircase.
"I was drawn instinctively to the simplicity of the subject, but I didn't think too much about it. I only took two images and then moved on to find the exit. I 'rediscovered' it a couple of months later as I editing my shots from that trip. It perfectly captured the atmosphere of this historic structure and symbolized in a personal way my experience there," he said.
"Concepcion" will be on view at Art Saint Louis from January 13 through February 14. The print is approximately 11x14 inches and is framed with overall dimensions of approximately 20x24. It is available for sale through the gallery for $275.