ANDREA B. STONE
In 1994, while visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Andrea B. Stone saw Claude Monet’s The Magpie. This painting had such a profound and transformative effect on her that she credits this experience as the start of her creative awakening. Soon, she began experimenting with a variety of art forms. Ultimately, she chose photography as her medium of artistic expression.
Stone’s photographs of modern cities fuse the sobriety of Mondrian with the exuberance of Kandinsky. Like the painters who inspire her, she engages us in a process of revelation. Her images tantalize and astonish. We think we know what we are looking at, only to realize that we are seeing something startling and new. Buildings seem to brighten and awaken, forging delicate and surprising relationships with the cityscapes around them. Urban spectacles gradually unfold, suggesting magical patterns and connections.
The result is a uniquely absorbing and rewarding visual encounter. Indeed, one doesn’t simply look at these photographs, one experiences them. Stone’s work creates a sense of existential reverence and wonder, capturing the playful, mystical life of everyday urban forms.