This meta painting installation by David Klamen is one of those eye-catching oversize pieces galleries use to get you to their booth at big shows. It is one of the better ones, however!
Klamen teaches fine arts at Indiana University Northwest exploring the ever-interesting "how-do-we-know-what-we-know" question. The piece is rather entertaining and before you know it, you've spent 10-15 minutes standing in front of each picture within a picture trying to decipher details.
The piece is based on a photo of an overexposed sun seen up through the trees. Russell then etched into the image a ghostly impression of masts and sails. As soon as you see them, the sun is now above your ship, just as harsh as it would be at sea. Plus, there's something eerie and Peter Pan-ish about a ship that could fly away at any minute into the light. The etched pattern on the plexi glass is a replica of Russell's childhood home wall-paper which elevated this piece from "cool" to "I-want-it-on-my-wall" status.