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Art Exhibit: E. Taylor Shoop

"Operation 'Omaha Ivy' " 

January 4 through February 20, 2016
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 


About the exhibit 

For this exhibit, E. Taylor Shoop has focused his lens on "ivy", as an architectural element, to create his unique, kaleidoscopic compositions. The duality of "ivy", a plant which has been viewed as both an invasive weed and a revered religious symbol, generated a strong interest and driving curiosity in the artist. 


This show is the culmination of several months of scouting and photographing the city's collection of 'ivy', finding examples that encapsulate the aesthetic, practical, and mythical themes associated with this plant genre.  


The artist will be available at Lauritzen Gardens on January 15 and February 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. to discuss his work. 




About the artist 

E. Taylor Shoop, has drawn on his BFA in sculpture from the California College of the Arts, to develop a unique style of photography. The artist focuses his lens on subtle architectural elements, capturing combinations of line and color, that when processed in his unique Shoopart style, create engaging compositions. These kaleidoscopic prints blur reality in an Escher-like quality. As Escher's impeccable rendering skills lend credence to the possible existence of a never ending staircase, Shoop uses photography as a representational medium to create playful conflicts between the viewers' eye and mind, distorting visual planes and creating impossible geometry. Audiences leave Shoop's shows with a heightened sensitivity to the architecture in their immediate surroundings, examining that which was once relegated to their peripheral view. 


An award winning artist, Shoop has shown in several solo and group exhibitions, and is represented in multiple galleries. He published his first book Shoopart of Goldsboro, in 2015, using his photographic style to highlight the historic architecture of the North Carolina city. 







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