"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
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.