Cutting edge photography artist Alexandra Borbolla and designers Regina Dondé, Kolektsiya, and Leslie Fastlicht Russo of LFR Designs gathered at YouKnowY Gallery in La Jolla California introducing their trend setting work to an adoring crowd that steadily streamed into the gallery all evening. On March 20 2019, the bright white walls of YouKnowY sported the colorful engaging prints of Alexandra Borbolla who has been making waves in the modern photography scene by showcasing mesmerizing works of photographic art that invite the viewer to explore their own sense of flow and serenity within. The current collection explores the concept of perception. Gallery and store owner Daniela Jinich along with helpful gallery Manager Justin warmly welcomed everyone.
“My artwork is a way of expressing how it feels when we are in these altered states of mind through breathing through meditation, through flow and knowing that we always have the choice of changing our state of mind.”
– Alexandra Borbolla
Blurring blues, purples, and urban colors with airy washes of beach greens and turquoises, our gaze is transported beyond her photos into a world of serenity that awaits moments of contemplation in nature or in the in between spaces of an urban setting. In the words of the artist: “I have used blurred images and light. I want to represent how when we meditate, for instance, when we are in altered states of mind, we reach this ‘focusedness’ on reality and we unfocus on mind chatter, we open our minds to something larger, where we see more opportunity, more expansion, more room.” Using metal printing, her new series is all about perspective, states of mind, representing the mind in meditation or after meditation. Alexandra demonstrates how creativity opens and there is more room to see different points of view. Her work on the metal was inspired by Viennese New Zealand artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Capturing Art in Nature
Alexandra juxtaposes tiny, almost imperceptible hikers above and below an immense cliff of orangy red sand in Namibia, reminding us that we are passengers on a great planet, nowhere near being “in control” in the way some seek to portray humanity. The message is nevertheless warm: the desert is immense, we explore, we respect, we share our stories, we connect to others and are made larger by recognizing how small we actually are. In her own words: “In my photos, I want to express the immensity when we are walking along these incredible dunes, when we are facing the ocean and we see infinity, when we are surrounded by snow and all these wide textures all over, we get a sense of timelessness because all of nature has taken so long to build, so long to get where it is, we become immersed and so happy and every cell in our body ‘gets’ this.”
Fabric Made Using Ancient Wisdom
Ethical fabric designer Kolektsiya joined us in person with her lush one-of-a-kind felt and wool wraps and sheer black multi layered infinity tops explaining her passion for reviving the nearly-lost arts of creating handmade fabrics using time-tested methods like carding and darning. Desirous eyes drew onlookers closer and curious fingers explored the rare thick scarves whose thin layers of colored fabric embellished a solid black core. Rather than being an emissary of a dying art, Kolektsiya is firmly and confidently positioning herself at the dawn of a revival of ethical and sustainable fabric creation based on ancient techniques – she is the envy of anyone walking the red carpet to be sure!
What Everyone Wants
Capturing the attention of anyone who walked by, the creations of Regina Dondé humbly but magnificently occupied the south wall of the gallery. With a mix of cozy ethnic prints from Mexico alongside manga-inspired Japanese style robes, her collection was a creative mix of winter wear on one side and resort beach wear on the other. Her designs steal the show in any fashion magazine because she has paired wearable breathable light airy fabrics with original graphics coveted by superstars. Indeed, anyone who tried on her pieces either began to twirl around in circles to show off the long entertaining sleeves, or they struggled to choose which color to take home, they are all flattering.
Wearable Worldly Jewelry
Leslie Fastlicht Russo of LFR Designs wowed the gallery with her scintillating jewelry designs that evoked alternately native American themes, Buddhist contemplation, and fascinating glass designs. Her rings are easy to wear and are still eye-catching.
The combined talent of these trendsetters is remarkable. The four creators do all in their power to share their artistic vision and gifts with others. Alexandra by gracing the walls of our homes, offices, hotels, and museums with her uplifting transformative photography, Kolektsiya by creating pieces that make a person feel better immediately just by putting them on, Regina by offering a make-over to anyone who wisely chooses to show off her unavoidably attractive pieces, and Leslie by creating elegant yet casual worldly jewelry that can be worn by all. Clearly, great minds think alike and the irresistible magnetism of these artists who drew a big crowd was palpable in this most chic Girard St. gallery.
Icing on the cake was a cameo appearance by rockstar storyteller and professional photographer Felice Kinnear, Editor in Chief of The Connector magazine alongside poetic singer songwriter Bridget Brigitte.
Article by B. McDonald at Bionic Sisters Productions