Dobree Adams

Italia Con Amore

September 22 - October 27, 2017


Photographic Mosaics from Umbria, Tuscany and Le Marche


September 22nd through October 27th, 2017

Curated by Richard S. Levine, Architect

During my wanderings in sixteen towns in Umbria, Tuscany, and Le Marche, most of them hill towns, in October of 2016, I captured strong yet intimate images, often weirdly dissimilar: gargoyles, fragments of stone work and frescos, colors, light patterns, and landscape jewels.

These photographic mosaics are my way of making sense of and giving form to images captured in brief encounters with these ancient towns.

The images in each mosaic, although from a single geographical location, may be from different places, different times, different materials, and even different things at different scales.

The energy or movement perceived in the mosaics works like the optical mixing of colors so important in impressionistic painting. Your eye is trying to make sense of the relationship between the images, perhaps trying to deal with that weirdness, looking for perspective or squareness, perhaps trying to argue whether a line is straight or crooked.

To create these collaborations of images, I am exploring the energies within and the synergies between photographs that reflect the inner life of these unique Italian towns, each with a distinct personality. It is important to me that the end product, the mosaic, forms a communication or conversation about a sense of that place.

The photographic mosaics are created in Photoshop from two to four images that were captured in digital format. With this process I have been exploring layers of embedment, even creating my own language of embedment.

The challenge and delight is in finding how best the images selected for a mosaic communicate with each other to form a cohesive whole. The gestalt of the photographic mosaic makes for an implicit understanding of a specific place, in this case a unique location in central Italy.

Richard S. Levine has studied and lived and worked in Italian hill towns. He currently designs net zero energy homes in Kentucky and sustainable cities around the world.

The exhibit will run September 22 through October 27, 2017

Opening Reception: September 22, 5:00–9:00 pm with Gallery Talk by the Artist and Curator at 6:30 pm.

First Friday Gallery Hop Reception for the Artist and Curator: October 6, 6:00–10:00 pm
with music by Tall Dark and Handsome from Lexington (Karen Jones, fiddle, Bev Futrell, guitar, and George Neel on mandolin)

Image Gallery:

  • Montepulciano

  • Sant'Antimo

  • Gubbio Three

  • Assisi Two