GREYSCALE FOREST: A CENOTAPH
Multimedia artist J Morales will transform the Artlink Gallery at Heritage Square into a Cenotaph in honor of the green world we are turning into ashes. After we have paved the planet, removing all forests and jungles, what will be the residue left behind?
In photography and computing, a greyscale digital image gives the value of each pixel as a single sample -carrying only intensity information. Images of this sort are composed exclusively of shades of gray, varying from black at the weakest intensity to white at the strongest.
A cenotaph is an “empty tomb” or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere.
The multimedia installation will combine large and small format paintings, photography, readymade sculpture, somber lighting and 2 channel audio to form a complete experience. The piece speaks to the decay of nature, due to pollution and human indifference, by producing an apparition of what once was. It will briefly exist as a memorial to what will be lost due to our carelessness.
J Morales has been working the fields of visual, performance and sound art for over 20 years. He has been active in event design, musical performance, painting and performance art for the last 8 years in the Pacific Northwest and has recently returned to Arizona to continue his work in multiple fields of artistic endeavor and personal growth.
Opening reception, First Friday December 2nd – running through till 3rd Friday December 16th – also available for viewing by appointment.