Dreams and Illusions: The Photography of Lynn Goldsmith


PRESS RELEASE: Dreams and Illusions: The Photography of Lynn Goldsmith, Oct 12 - Dec 30, 2007

Dreams and Illusions: The Photography of Lynn Goldsmith
Oct 12 – Dec 30, 2007

What is real? What is true? What separates truth and fiction? These are the questions asked by the highly- acclaimed and multi-talented photographer Lynn Goldsmith in her works on view at the Contessa Gallery.

CLEVELAND – The Contessa Gallery at Legacy Village is excited to bring to collectors and the general public the art of the famous photographer whose works have appeared on the covers of such magazines as LIFE, Newsweek, Time, People, Rollingstone etc. 

Lynn Goldsmith’s subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Her thirty years of photography have not only been an investigation into the nature of the human spirit, but also into the natural wonders of our planet. She is recognized as an acclaimed portrait photographer who worked with such people as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, The Police, Miles Davis and countless others. During her creative career she experimented as a director, and a recording artist, but lately she has turned the lens on herself in a new series of photographs entitled “In the Looking Glass”.

In this work Goldsmith uses the artificial environment as a seed for a narrative that she then brings forth by transposing her own visage into the scene thus mixing the real and imaginary worlds into one that is both and neither. As she describes it, “I want my work to help enlighten me. I’m interested in multiple meanings and a kind of ambiguity that frustrates any attempt to pin it down... I wanted to take what I had learned in my career to show how we are made up of multiple selves”.

The resulting images feel, at first glance, deceptively familiar. Many of the scenes still closely mimic advertising displays they were originally based upon but have a heightened surrealistic quality. Others echo familiar fairytales and myths. They possess the unsettling strangeness of the ordinary subtly transformed into a new unknown quantity.

The “characters”, as Goldsmith refers to her fictitious selves, hover in a space between the animate and the inanimate, between subject and object. 

Also on display will be several of Goldsmith’s rock mosaics, another of her signature media. To create them, she assembles over 2000 individual photographs into extraordinary portraits (based on a Chuck Close grid system) of leading musicians.

Lynn’s work has been exhibited at The International Center for Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and is on view now at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Join us as we welcome rock and roll’s pre-eminent photographer to Contessa Gallery at Legacy Village. During the opening receptions she will meet with collectors and fans and talk about her artistic process and what lies behind it, about her illusory miniature worlds, some glamorous, some magical, some bizarre, some sensual.  The wide range of Lynn’s talents, skills and achievements are products of a belief she holds constant: creativity is based on breaking limiting thought patterns.