Secret Gardens (Nave Gallery)Somerville Open StudiosSOS Volunteer ShowSOS First Look ExhibitTogether (1650 Gallery, 2nd Place Best of Show)Monsters (N.Y. Photo Curator)--------------------
Somerville, MA artist Jim Baab photographs everyday objects, scenes, and the human form, with an eye for light, line, and illusion. Since taking his hobby more seriously in 2011, his artwork has been chosen for national and international group exhibitions in TN, CA, MA, MI, VT, TX, and Budapest, Hungary. His awards and recognition include a Gold Artist award for ArtAscent magazine’s Vol. 8, ‘Hidden’ issue, and, being chosen as the sole visual artist featured in the Boston-themed, 40th issue of POESY, a bicoastal poetry magazine.
Jim’s current body of work plays with symmetry and pareidolia, “a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the man in the moon…” - Wikipedia
While utilizing an in-camera, digital “reflection” effect, Jim explores the mundane through a live, Rorschachian symmetry and searches for demons, hearts, winged creatures, faces, masks, and otherworldly flora and fauna. Torn citrus segments placed on a makeshift light table are a favorite subject - one that can be consumed while working!