Remembering a specific moment in time with all the precise details is difficult. But we can always remember a sense of that time, the essence of a special moment – the feeling that the memory itself matters. The physical event will change, particular memories will fail, but the significance of a moment persists.
Choperena elevates the moment. In his own words, he captures ephemeral events by initiating a “lateral pass” with an open shutter. The blurred effect mimics the ordinary mechanical apprehension of indiscriminate physical vision. His camera lens translates light into digital signals, capturing the tiniest clues of color, value, and texture – a single conclusion, one image, one movement and one moment.
All of Choperena’s primary symbolic frames – the swirling disc, the chromatic band, the field of color, open a window on the soul. For this body of work Choperena focuses on the “beautiful fine line between two worlds.” His interest in contrast and conflict….the ways in which objects and events struggle, blur and merge are his reoccurring theme. These interventions undeniably transform the physical fundamentals of time and space into a beautiful subjective force. The edge of difference, in his mind is a metaphorical horizon into the sublime.