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Identity and an unflinching look at how we pre-judge others in new exhibit at Morean Arts Center

07 Jan 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL – (January 11, 2020) The Morean Arts Center at 719 Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg will host a global photographic art exhibit curated by New York City based visual artist Dominick Lombardi titled “I Am.” The public is invited to participate in a free opening reception and opportunity to meet Lombardi on Saturday, January 11 from 5 to 9 pm. Lombardi is a fine artist, writer and curator who has also been doing visual design for television and movies. His work, ranging from an exhibition of street urchins made from cast-off materials illustrating those living on the margins of society, to a post-apocalyptic tatoo world populated with significantly mutated characters, reflects a creative exploration of how the individual wrestles with existence in a prescribed culture.

His approach to “I Am” is more specifically shaped by how identity affects ones life and politics. “Everyone has equal rights to expression of their identity.  When you meet me you will reach certain conclusions formed by what your eyes see or your life experiences. But your initial perceptions fail to account for what truly shapes an individual,” said Lombardi. “We have to operate on assumptions, it is how we navigate our days. But, if we change subtle nuances we might approach people and the world differently.”

According to Lombardi the 30 pieces of photographic art will be displayed in a 1960’s or 1970’s influenced style. The printed images of similar size will be informally mounted in a poster style to the gallery walls. “Most people at a point in their lives have attached posters or pictures to the wall. This adoption of cultural expressions, images of music, movies and sports, triggers a comfort zone. It is essential that this art be approachable,” explained Lombardi.

The artists who share their vision of identity through the lens of living and working in environments as disparate as California and the Netherlands and journeys as varied as driving trucks and studying cybersecurity grapple with the ineffectiveness of pre-judgement. In presenting images that transcend boundaries and belief systems the exhibit proposes to reveal what can be possible in the growing dispersion of the human race.

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