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SEPTEMBER 2019

FloArts presents photography exhibit “Idioms” by Rebecca Sexton Larson

“Black Hole” by Rebecca Sexton Larson
“Every Picture Tells A Story” by Rebecca Sexton Larson

The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will present the photography exhibition “Idioms” by Tampa-based studio artist Rebecca Sexton Larson, who was commissioned by the City of Tampa in 2005 as Photographer Laureate for a year.

“Idioms,” which is free and open to the public, opens with a reception on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at FloArts’ Fine Arts Gallery located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College (SJR State) and will be on display through October 10. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A graduate of the University of South Florida, Sexton Larson holds degrees in Fine Arts and Mass Communications and is a three-time recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. She has taught, curated, lectured and exhibited work internationally at various art institutions and organizations.

“My current work explores concepts of storytelling, utilizing the landscape as a primary element of my photographic constructions,” said Sexton Larson. “My interest lies in utilizing the landscape as a stage to develop poignant short stories that challenge the relationship of perception and imagination. These narratives are often based on idioms, metaphors and colloquialisms - a set of words that can have more than one meaning behind them.”

“Having formally studied painting before being introduced to photography,” Sexton Larson continued, “I strive to merge the boundaries between the directness of the photographic image and the emotional context of color and light found in paintings. My ultimate goal is to not merely document a scene but rather to develop a visual narrative invoking awareness of peaceful solitude and isolation. Each work is a survey of ideas and human experience – a personal, poetic narrative. My photographs are born out of literary curiosity and romantic vision,” she explained, adding, "Spending my childhood in the South, I have often been surprised and perplexed by expressions and phrases that rhythmically roll off the tongues of family and friends. Their responses and emotions paint verbal pictures while at the same time send a purposeful message."

Sexton Larson’s photographs are in numerous major collections throughout the country, including Polaroid, Progressive Corporate Art, Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Holland and Knight Law Firm, Polk Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete, the Tampa Museum of Art, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Historical Museum and Candela Gallery, Virginia. To learn more about this artist, visit www.Sextonlarson.com.

Florida School of the Arts, which serves the entire state of Florida, is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards associate degrees in acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art. For more information, call (386) 312-4300 or visit floarts.org.




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The photography exhibit “Idioms” by Tampa-based studio artist Rebecca Sexton Larson opens with a reception on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at FloArts’ Fine Arts Gallery located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College (SJR State). The exhibit will be on display through October 10. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sexton Larson was commissioned by the City of Tampa in 2005 as Photographer Laureate for a year and is a three-time recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowships.

 

 

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