New York artist Mary Ann Strandell's "Orient Shift" opens tonight at JRB Art at the Elms in the Paseo
For her new exhibit “Orient Shift,” artist Mary Ann Strandell observes storied ancient and modern culture through the mediation of handmade paintings and through the lens of technology with lenticular prints. The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 10 tonight during The Paseo’s First Friday Gallery walk at JRB Art at the Elms, 2810 N Walker.
The exhibit will be on view through March 3.
In her second solo exhibition at Joy Reed Belt’s gallery, Orient Shift, Strandell uses source material from fine art auction sites and architectural renderings in exploring the re-assertion of meaning through pictorial reflection. From blue and white Chinese dynastic vessels, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, and European Chinoiserie she presents an array of oil paintings, archival prints, and a large scaled installation made from sumi ink with lenticular print media, according to a news release.
The orientation of these works shift in meaning from original object through the veneer of photography and internet imaging into the public arena of museum and auction house, and often to the market place. Strandell’s painting “Ultra Blue (peaches)” was sourced from Christies Hong Kong auction site, documenting the Ming Dynasty vase which sold for more than $71 million in 2006. Several oil paintings are derived from documentation of the 15th- and 16th-century Chinese Dynastic vessels, and from European Chinoiserie porcelains. Strandell’s paintings of this sourced subject matter suspend the image in a dislocated space, reframing one’s experience of the work. This dislocation flattens and distends the image to draw an aesthetic observation reconfigured somewhat as the elemental character of the vase becomes distorted in the market.
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