Association’s latest exhibit goes ‘beyond reality’

The digital works of San Diego artists Mark Donnelly, Carole Deubbert, Dana Levine and John Valois will be featured in the exhibit “Reality and Beyond,” to be held Oct. 13-25 at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso.

Visitors are welcome to view the art during gallery hours, which are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. There is no charge for admission.

The association describes digital art as “art that relies on computer software to create or significantly modify an artist’s work.” The exhibition’s title references a digital transformation of the natural world, either art created by computer graphics or images initially taken with a digital camera. Works in this show range from the abstract to the realistic, from black and white to intense color, and from high impact to quiet contemplation.

Donnelly’s work is a reflection of his intense interest in the tropics and desire to encourage awareness of its incredible beauty and critical ecological role. He said nothing has given him more satisfaction than the digital realm, adding that as much as he admires those who feel they must squish the paint between their fingers, he is happy taming a virtual world.

Deubbert uses light and design to capture the essence of a subject. She said each of her images tells a story, often of mystery and surprise, mood and sensuality. Her love of color is expressed especially in her food and floral images.

Levine called the ability to transform reality into a work of art “an exciting, creative adventure,” especially when she paints or photographs tranquil, reflective spaces or people with a sparkle in their eye. Her photographs convey vulnerability in people and express ideas in natural and man-made forms.

The conflicts and complementarities of the inner and outer worlds play a significant role in Valois’ work. Ezra Pound defined an artistic image as an “intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.” Much of Valois’ work results in emotional-thought images, which are indeed time captures of these complexes.