“Onions Observed — An Animistic Perspective” by photographer Alan McGee of Portola Valley is the featured exhibit in July at the Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, July 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
The “Onions Observed” project originated in Alan’s kitchen, when he was making a pasta sauce that called for half of a yellow onion. The project involved the remaining half of the onion, how it changed over time, and his photographic response to those changes. On a subsequent shopping trip to Costco, Alan purchased a 10-pound bag of yellow onions, which he sliced and photographed for this current exhibit.
Explains McGee: “These half onions simply presented against a black background seem, to me, informed with animism — a primitive world view that non-human entities possess a spiritual or supernatural essence. These onions, over time, took on qualities that catalyzed my imagination. I invite the viewer to join me in this imaginative exploration.”
Onion (12×12″, Digital B/W print, 2013) is one of the photographs that will be featured in McGee’s July show at the Portola Art Gallery, which is located at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.
Alan McGee photographed by fellow Portola Art Galley photographer Frances Freyberg