Exhibition reframes cultural icons of the Orient

From staff reports Modified: February 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
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An art exhibition by artist Mary Ann Strandell, featuring the storied ancient and modern culture of the Orient will open at JRB at the Elms Friday, March 1, at the gallery, 2810 N Walker. Opening reception is from 6 to 10 p.m.

For this exhibit entitled “Orient Shift,” Strandell observes the culture through the mediation of handmade paintings and through the lens of technology with lenticular prints.

In her second solo exhibition at the Joy Reed Belt gallery, Strandell uses source material from fine art auction sites and architectural renderings. From blue and white Chinese dynastic vessels, Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and European Chinoiserie, Strandell presents an array of oil paintings, archival prints and a large-scale installation made from sumi ink with lenticular print media.

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.

In the painting “Usonian,” Strandell uses the image of another canon in the market of art. She combines two worlds, that of architecture and images from nature. A view of Frank Lloyd Wright's Kaufman house partially built, dominates the figure ground as a portal surrounded by birds and butterflies, derived from field guide handbooks. This combination conflates the tendencies and effects of modernism with intimate nature of a much smaller scale.