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Her work seeks the establishment of a true image by forced and even radically stylized orchestration, in the same way that mythology creates situations truer or more applicable to experience than any fact. For the Rev Sanchez series, Belle used Sixties-era negatives found in a Los Angeles-area thrift store, depicting young women and men modeling poolside, or in a park, reportedly from the personal archive of a semi-professional photographer. She then combined individual frames of the photo shoots to create a doubling, tripling, or quadrupling of the figures. Not only does this expand the field of the negative beyond the spatial boundaries of its original composition, but also beyond the temporal boundaries of its original moment. It is no longer a single instance, but rather, a span. Even better, she feel the young subjects are “transformed, from passive objects of the photographer’s gaze to a collective force unto themselves.” They stand on their own, as archetypal personas and mythological beasts of the late 20th century.
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So far I am really enjoying it. The game play is so simple anyone can figure it out. And for $7.99 it's not a big dent on my pocketbook.
Naturally Synthetic: Todd Brainard and Paul Paiement @ Harris Art Gallery | The University of La Verne
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Naturally Synthetic: Todd Brainard and Paul Paiement
April 1 - May 2, 2008
Harris Art Gallery
The University of La Verne
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750
909.593.3511 ext. 4763
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Likewise, the central characters of Einstein #1 have been removed from a wide-ranging trove of found comic book material. Every panel has been redrawn by the artist from a different source, with its central characters and speech balloons removed. What remains are only the common spaces of comic books. . . . These spaces have been restructured into a new, un-peopled narrative. The protagonist who normally occupies the center of the action is replaced by the viewer, who embarks on an evolving travelogue through these spaces, and through the popular and mythological spaces of the comics medium.
Einstein #1 is a comic book that deconstructs its own medium while telling a story with sequential art. The "story" is a set of broad themes expounding upon the wonders and limits of human imagination and intelligence. The collapse of innocent fantasy and destructive hubris that it describes is, not coincidentally, the latent subject matter, and thrill, of comic books in general