Through October 26
Story Telling is a gripping set of images drawn from several series by Sngela Strassheim, including Evidence, Left Behind, and Hearts. Something seems to crawl beneath the surface of these works; they are full of uncanny and drama. Works from Left Behind are the most subtle but still have an undercurrent of theater- a young girl seems to present her own ferry tail kingdom of toy horses and robots with herself at the crown; and in another work a young boy is getting his hair combed but it would seem beyond this he is being symbolically controlled by is father.
Evidence and Hearts open doors on dark even dangerous narratives. Evidence shows the effect of Strassheim's past career in forensics, and these images are of luminol in domestic homicides. These are eery and haunted; the mark of actions in these images are told through spatters and of blood. Hearts too instills a fear- five hearts, one healthy the others from victims of disease, overdose, or attack act as strange inner portraits of critical organs; we can not help but imagine their owners' lives and stories.
Strassheim's work is unsettling but does hit on a human urge to recount and entertain. Though these stories are frightening we do want to see more. It is from places of fear, terror, unknown, and disbelief that many good story emerge, so with these works Strassheim dangles the visuals to inspire entire narratives in a single frame.
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