2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Visual Arts
Color Study is a solo photography exhibition by Flagstaff artist Talaina Kor. The exhibition featured a series of 18 photographs that are the result of a study the artist conducted for the past two years and was first inspired by the work of photographer Phillip Lorca-DiCorcia’s. She became captivated by his use of lighting and color, and so began the exploration of this photographic element in her own work.
Talaina Kor uses photography and editing techniques to create surreal and often macabre pieces of art. Kor has gained experience through her studies at the California College of the Arts and School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as several solo and group shows.
Color Study opened with a reception on January 12, 2019 and was on view in the Jewel Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts April 13, 2019.
“Color Study […] [is] an exploration of the relationship between colors and how they work to support the messages within a photograph. In this study, she experiments with non-traditional lighting devices such as laptop screens, glow sticks, LEDs, and Christmas lights to create each piece. Combining these lighting tools with photo manipulation results in a series filled with rich colors that express the values of light and dark, giving the feeling that the images are radiating light rather than absorbing it. Although each piece is very different, they make a cohesive whole with the style of highly saturated colors and surreal themes.”