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Category: New Visions

GEORGE BEDELL

Posted by The Center on January 22, 2010


(Photo credit: Hatch by George Bedell)

George Bedell’s Fables series constructs inventive narratives using common household materials. Bedell’s image Hatch, from the Fables series, is featured in the “New Visions” exhibition. In his artist statement, Bedell discusses his still-lives as “raw and fast.”

Many of the images are retellings of current events, items culled from the news, seen through the lens of mythology or art history. A few of the images are about the creative process itself, hopefully looking at the artist with a sense of irony or self-deprecating humor.

More of George’s work can be found at www.georgebedell.com

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RHEANA GARDNER

Posted by The Center on January 21, 2010


(Photo credit: Self-portrait as Odalisque by Rheana Gardner)

Face lifts, nose jobs, breast implants, liposuction, collagen injections—the body in the 21st century has become endlessly mutable, and surgical alteration is now an accepted part of American culture. Self-portrait as Odalisque explores the changing definitions and standards of female beauty. Using myself as a symbol for the modern woman, I deconstruct and manipulate iconic masterpieces of Western Art by layering text and illustrations of cosmetic surgery procedures in order to challenge society’s perception of ‘attainable’ beauty.

Photographer Rheana Gardner uses her knowledge of historical representations in art (click here and here) and coalesces these with photography and mixed media to create a “New Vision” of the female form.

More of Rheana’s work can be found at www.rheanagardner.com

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