Unique digital photography& art of Robert Brooks & Mozart Dedeaux on display at JCJC

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-02-02 23:19:32

ELLISVILLE – A unique blend of styles and a mix of photography and digital art will have anyone interested in photography and art enjoying the exhibit of Robert Brooks and Mozart Dedeaux currently on display at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville through March 23. Brooks has collages of several pictures of scenes in the Bronx, New York, to sunsets and creatures from the Gulf in Biloxi, to mountain ranges in the west and unique items he discovered on his journeys. Dedeaux’s art focuses on the impact of the environment on birds shown in familiar scenes in the Louisiana Gulf utilizing digital photos to create his images. The public is invited to a reception in their honor at the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery on Tuesday, February 6, at 1 p.m. 
A native of New Orleans, Brooks’ professional freelance and commercial photography led him to California before returning to the South in 1987.  His work has been shown in galleries in California, New Mexico, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.  He is currently working at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi.
“I think we would all like a better understanding of the world we live in. For me, photography is a perfect lead-in to broadening our horizons, literally. Sharing my work is why I continue to be a photographer, besides the fact I like taking pictures,” said Brooks.
To Dedeaux, birds play the most important role in his work because they are “indicator species.”  He explained in a statement, “Birds are one of the first species to be impacted by habitat degradation or loss because they depend on healthy plants and insects to thrive and raise their young. My work magnifies this by highlighting common birds that are on the verge of extinction, and surreal urban and industrial landscapes.”
Additionally, Dedeaux’s work is also based around a mythical figure called “Armolet” who is the first born hybrid bird. Armolet, or the “Heron King” has the unusual ability to use electric power, light and man made electronics to survive and lead other bird species through the evolutionary process.
For more information about the JCJC art show or to arrange a visit to the gallery contact the gallery office at 601-477-4148.  The Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The gallery is closed for lunch daily from 11:30 until noon.  If you want to know more about the JCJC Fine Arts Department check out the JCJC Fine Arts Facebook page at JCJCFineArts 


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