Art museum features Cardot

Carlena Bressanelli, Staff writer

The Erie Art Museum is featuring Gary Cardot, assistant professor of the Art department and director of the Photography Department.
On display are 14 of his large digital paintings.
The digital paintings are  composed of collage media of 10 to 15 images each, computer generated in full color.
They measure out to be about 16 by 24 inches.
They are very unique with the pictures being taken within the last year.
The pictures that he took were taken at places like religious shrines, amusement parks, county fairs, cemeteries, parades and festivals.
Some  themes he explores in his works are sexuality, Romanticism and the retrieval of memory.
Cardot likes to photograph isolated subcultures and trades because he is fascinated by people and their talents in their life and outside their workplace.
He likes to show a voice for both cultural narrative and free association while using  traditional photography and some new technology in his digital paintings.
Cardot has studied digital painting. This process makes a painting effect from photographs.
The Erie Art Museum came in contact with him about having an exhibit in the museum after seeing two of his digital paintings at a Juried Art Show there in their spring show in 2016.
The exhibit is currently displayed in the Ronald E. Holstein Gallery  at the Erie Art Museum from Feb. 17 through June 24.