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Dustin Parker is one of the Featured Artists in “SATURATION POINT” a postmodern photography show curated by Katie Sykes and Hosted by the Tangent Lab. This show marks Parker’s debut as an exhibiting photographer. The show also features works by Katie Sykes, Ian Stewart, Jonathan Wood, Kelly Hauber, Nicole Mariani and many others. A public reception will be held on Final Friday, September 29, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Tangent Lab, 143 N. Rock island, 3rd Floor (Rule Productions), Farm and Art Market Square, Rock Island Market Building
Exhibition: Saturation Point: A postmodern Photography exhibit Curated by Katie Sykes
Featured Artists: Katie Sykes, Dustin Parker, Jonathan Wood, Ian Stewart, Nicole Mariani, Kelly Hauber, Mark Walker and others.
Reception Date: Final Friday, September 29, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Regular hours: Weekdays by appointment only – email Brad
Visit: http://www.tangentlab.com for more information.

A Statement From Dustin Parker

“I don’t consider myself a photographer. I’m a painter that happened to pick up a camera. All of the images were inspired by my girlfriend, and curator of the exhibition, Katie Sykes. She pushed me to drop the paintbrush and pick up the camera. The photos are intended to be a tribute to her and how she has changed my perception of the world around me. Her work has made me more aware of my own environment. We all neglect to see all of the beautiful things that surround us in our daily lives, we drive past them everyday but we fail to see them. Katie’s work forces you to stop and pay attention. She has definitely changed the way I see things. So…. my amateur attempt at being a photographer is a reaction to her work. I wanted to get inside her head and try to see the world with her perspective. This is the first time I’ve exhibited photographs so it will be interesting to see how people react to the work and if photography becomes something I pursue on a regular basis.”

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Be sure to purchase your one of a kind screenprinted MEMORY STAIN T-shirt tonight at the Firehouse Gallery. All of the t-shirts were hand printed by Dustin Parker. Each t-shirt is a unique one of a kind piece of art. T-shirts will be available for $5. Below is an example of one of the shirts.

STATEMENT FROM DUSTIN PARKER
I wanted to design a t-shirt that reflected my working methodology as a painter. I wanted to transform the t-shirt from a commercial product into a unique one of a kind piece of wearable art. I wanted to approach the printing process the same way I would approach producing a painting. This means I had to break all of the rules that most professional screenprinters would follow. I had to allow accidents and mistakes to happen. I had to forget that I was printing a t-shirt and just focus on making an interesting piece of art.