Norris Lacy at the Gallery at Cool Beans
Now retired from his Penn State position in French and Medieval Studies, Norris Lacy is spending much of his time on art and music. For much of his life, he had engaged sporadically and informally in art, creating mobiles and collages and dabbling in oil and acrylic painting. Then, several decades ago, he became interested in photography, and that interest has never waned.
In earlier years he worked in b&w in his home darkroom, selling numerous photos and publishing some, occasionally as a result of commissions. More recently he has done mostly color photography, greatly aided by Photoshop. His interests include everything except portraiture; he focuses especially on photos of architectural detail, travel, landscape, and animals.
Lacy is particularly drawn to digital painting—beginning with a blank computer screen (and of course Photoshop) and building an image from scratch. An alternative is the manipulation, sometimes beyond recognition, of a traditional photograph (see for example the photos “Rainy night” and “’Shrooms” in the Cool Beans show).
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