20 May YOGA The Secret Life: Francesco Mastalia Exhibition Opening
You’re invited to the unveiling of our latest art display- an ethereal collection of photographs from the book YOGA The Secret of Life by Francesco Mastalia.
Statement from the Artist:
In silence, ask the questions, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What is our ultimate purpose on this planet?”
What began as a photographic journey to explore the physical practice of yoga, unexpectedly transformed into an enlightening odyssey that revealed answers to these mystifying questions.
Yoga is defined in many ways. Some say you can’t teach yoga, it is something you experience. It is indescribable.
“YOGA The Secret of Life,” explores the personal experiences of 108 of today’s leading practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit. It delves deep into the purpose of our existence and how to live a happy, fulfilled life, and understand who we truly are.
The photographs were taken on glass plates using the wet-collodion process, a photographic technique dating back to the 1850’s. As a manual art this labor-intensive craft requires each step be performed by hand. During its fragile journey, it is essential that the glass plate be sensitized, exposed, developed and fixed while remaining wet. Emerging as a positive image on glass, an “ambrotype” is miraculously brought to light by a divine force. Using time to record the energy of light, the collodion image transports us to another place and time. When the light-sensitive chemicals absorb the sun’s ultraviolet rays we enter a mysterious world where art and alchemy embrace and the image reveals itself.
This union unveils the synergy between the yogi, photographer, and flow of the universe. As the exchange of energy is absorbed, it creates a fleeting moment in time, never to exist again. “Ambrotype,” from ancient Greek, means “immortal,” capturing an impression for eternity, its essence revealing the spirit of the soul.
Please join us in welcoming these new pieces to our walls, enjoy food and drink, and meet the artist!