Karl Scholl

I have enjoyed artistic expression for years, which might have been due to my mum's influence as she had a scholarship at the Art Institute in Chicago. Over the years I have played with photography, printmaking, painting - acrylic/oils and sculpture using clay and wood. I have participated in various experimental projects and just like to try about anything. As artists we can adapt or change lighting / colours to transform a look to be dark and mysterious or fun and colourful. By manipulating the image with painterly gesture and intense colour, we can create different interpretations of nature that border on the abstract. I coined the title of my exhibition Razzle Dazzle due to so many factors. First and foremost the word "photography" is Greek for "drawing with light" and as such as an artist, we get to play with light, colour and ways to change our visual world. Razzle Dazzle has many roots, one of which is a game played in Cuba where it is seldom, if ever, run honestly. The nature of the game makes it a particular money-maker for dishonest carnies as they Razzle and Dazzle the people playing. But trust me I am not trying to be dishonest, just playing with light and colours. During World War One, the Dazzle Camouflage movement (known as Razzle Dazzle in the United States) used bright, loud colours and contrasting diagonal stripes on ship’s to confuse the enemy. While I have made no attempt to confuse anyone, I enjoy using light, bright or loud colours to transform up-close photographs of nature or landscapes into a graphic, contemporary art statement. But again I have no plans to confuse anyone. Razzle Dazzle can be interpreted as “Dazzling excitement”; “Elaborate action or manoeuvres designed to deceive an opponent, as in a sports contest; and “Extravagant or showy display, as of technique: a lecture that was more razzle-dazzle than substance”. I will allow you to decide what type of display this is!