Show opening July 7th at the Ridge Art association Gallery

210 Cypress Gardens Blvd SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880-4310
(863) 291-5661

Article in the Winter Haven News Chief




I am excited to be  

exhibiting @ the

LA Center for Digital Art

Electron Salon

Opening Reception August 11, 2011 7-9 pm


Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

102 West Fifth Street


Los Angeles, CA 90013


August 26th

Two realities

Below is an extract of the writings of Andre Breton, which gives detailed explanation of his idea of dual realities, indeed a reality and a 'surreality'. The worlds might also be described as the conscious and the unconscious, the rational and the fantastical but essentially the meaning is the same. It is the unification of these two worlds that surrealism attempts and it is perhaps this process that is where the art-form and the movement really sit. 

"I now feel free to turn to the object of this pamphlet, which is to attempt to explain what surrealism is. A certain immediate ambiguity contained in the word surrealism, is, in fact, capable of leading one to suppose that it designates I know not what transcendental attitude, while, on the contrary it expresses�and always has expressed for us�a desire to deepen the foundations of the real, to bring about an even clearer and at the same time ever more passionate consciousness of the world perceived by the senses. The whole evolution of surrealism, from its origins to the present day, which I am about to retrace, shows that our unceasing wish, growing more and more urgent from day to day, has been at all costs to avoid considering a system of thought as a refuge, to pursue our investigations with eyes wide open to their outside consequences, and to assure ourselves that the results of these investigations would be capable of facing the breath of the street. At the limits, for many years past�or more exactly, since the conclusion of what one may term the purely intuitiveepoch of surrealism (1919-25)�at the limits, I say, we have attempted to present interior reality and exterior reality as two elements in process of unification, or finally becoming one. This final unification is the supreme aim of surrealism: interior reality and exterior reality being, in the present form of society, in contradiction (and in this contradiction we see the very cause of man\'s unhappiness, but also the source of his movement), we have assigned to ourselves the task of confronting these two realities with one another on every possible occasion, of refusing to allow the pre-eminence of the one over the other, yet not of acting on the one and on the other both at once, for that would be to suppose that they are less apart from one another than they are (and I believe that those who pretend that they are acting on both simultaneously are either deceiving us or are a prey to a disquieting illusion); of acting on these two realities not both at once, then, but one after the other, in a systematic manner, allowing us to observe their reciprocal attraction and interpenetration and to give to this interplay of forces all the extension necessary for the trend of these two adjoining realities to become one and the same thing."



LONDON  Thursday, February 1, 2012 -  Amateur photographer Patricia Gooden of the USA was presented with the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup Nominee title in the category of "Portrait" at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photo Show. The live online ceremony webcast Sunday, October 29, 2011 was attended by photography fans in 83 countries who logged on to see the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry ranging from Hasted Hunt Kraeutler in New York, Brancolini Grimaldi, David & Goliath, Simon Studer Art Associates, Stills Gallery to Christie's in London who honored Color Masters with 272 coveted title awards and 1099 nominees in 18 categories.

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 11,321 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Patricia Gooden's " "Her Tern II," an exceptional image entered in the Portrait category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present her with the title of Nominee."

See the 5th Annual Winners & Nominees at http://www.thecolorawards.com/gallery

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.

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