Firework Art Collage
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
“I can vividly remember when I first heard the noise and smelled the smoke. To savor the experience, I kept the packaging.” - James McNulty
The Perfect Exposure Gallery proudly presents a new online exhibit from the private collection of Rene Chiara, which will showcase the fine art collection of James McNulty’s firework collages. By the age of 5 he began collecting firework labels by gathering remnants leftover from firework shows and later purchased them from stores and conventions. McNulty’s collection consists of rare and vintage firecracker art dating back to the mid-1800’; his collages made exclusively from these wrappers have been featured in numerous art galleries throughout the west including the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California and the Chinese Cultural Foundation in San Francisco. This one of a kind collection is made up of 26 handcrafted pieces that display his bright and colorful art – made from authentic firework wrappers. Selected pieces of the collection will be on display at the Perfect Exposure Gallery in the city of Alhambra.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
James McNulty, an outsider artist, began collecting firework labels in 1976 and used them to create vibrant collages, depicting everything from battle scenes to duck ponds.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
The Perfect Exposure Gallery is the recognized venue in Southern California to display the work of award winning and accomplished photojournalists as well as works of photographers that regard artistry and craftsmanship as a standard of excellence. The mission of the Perfect Exposure Gallery is to present exhibits free of charge to the general public with the following goals to exemplify the rich variety and impact of photography, freedom of expression, a forum for the aesthetic, the contemptible and the sublime.
Exhibition dates: Monday 6, July 2020 to Thursday 6, August 2020