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Photography with sci-fi, dream quality

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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin AMERICAN-STATESMAN ARTS WRITER

Photographer Alberto Mena's most recent body of work features large black-and-white digital photographs that mix the abstract and the supernatural.

A graduate of the studio art program at the University of Texas who's now based in New York, Mena layers visual elements to create reconstructed and vaguely surreal images.

Using a digital camera, Mena shoots scenes from 1940s and 1950s films directly from his television screen. "The science fiction films of the 1950s are a gold mine for me," Mena said in a recent interview. "As a child I was always captivated by these films and I would watch them over and over again."

Then, Mena manipulates those images with Photoshop, often removing characters and pieces of the scene. Next he adds new objects to the reconstructed image, typically objects that appear to float or hover in the foreground.

"I wanted to create some mystery," Mena has said." I thought about how I could make something that could be considered dark into something that could be seen as intriguing or even beautiful."

"My work meditates on many aspects of dreams, the possible forms of alternate dimensions, and notions of other realities. I'm fascinated by humanity's proclivity to fear and explore the disorienting space between reason and reality."

‘Alberto Mena: While I Sleep'

When:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Sept. 24

Where:B. Hollyman Gallery, 1202-A W. Sixth St.

Cost:Free

Information:www.bhollymangallery.com

"Alberto Mena: While I Sleep"

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Sept. 24

Where: B. Hollyman Gallery, 1202-A W. Sixth St.

Tickets: Free

Information: www.bhollymangallery.com