June 18th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
November 5th, 2010, 11:30 am by Greg
Story and photographs by Wanda Callagy
One does not have to believe in the art of hypnosis to be mesmerized by George Guarino’s photography exhibition, “Pick a Point in a Picture: New Mind Model Works,” which is on view at Uncommon Grounds in Albany through the end of June.
Not everyone will see these surrealistic photos in the same way, shot with Guarino’s simple Canon point and shoot camera. Each of the 30 digital photo collages is a composite of three different images – the left side representing the conscious mind (with its plans, lists and decisions); the center section delves into the subconscious mind (with its patterns, habits and belief system); and to the right-hand side is the unconscious mind (regulating our existence with our heart and breathing patterns).
Mostly, what Guarino would like the viewer to do is to get comfortable, and find a spot in one photograph, and allow oneself to relax, and sink into it. Find that small spot of peace.
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As part of tonight’s First Friday arts walk from 5-9pm, Upstate Artists Guild will host “Art-Hypnosis Hypnosis-Art,” a new way of conditioning yourself in an art gallery setting.
“My goal is to allow viewers to gain confidence and personal insights using artwork to focus attention,” explains certified hypnotist George Guarino, who has installed three Art-Hypnosis works at UAG, “and to explore the relationship between the viewer, the gallery space and the use of a piece of art as a focal point for self-confidence and insight. My canvas is the space between the viewer and the piece of art.
“I intend to produce works that suggest and condition the viewer to go inside themselves through art and find their own ability to use this experience for future discovery and growth.”
Guarino – who longtime Nippertown music fans will remember as the producer of the cable television shows “Real George’s Backroom” and “Sarge Blotto’s Hotseat,” as well as the editor and publisher of “Buzzz” magazine – runs Hypnosis Works Well with offices in Clifton Park and Delmar. He will be on hand from 5-9pm tonight for the opening reception of the exhibit. Admission is free.
The exhibit will remain on view through Friday, November 26.