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Artist's Reception: Abelardo Morell at Bonni Benrubi Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 27, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 03, 2014

Rock Paper Scissors

Exhibition Dates: October 4 - December 22, 2012

Reception with the Artist:
Thursday October 4th
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Abelardo Morell continues to render splendid from ordinary. This new body of work, Rock Paper Scissors, is yet another example of the artist's ability to elevate the every day.

Morell has been experimenting with the effects of the camera obscura for some years now with stunning result. Early explorations yielded monochromatic then color visions of melding of interior and exterior views. The view from a room was thrown back into the space from which the vantage could be seen. Space compressed, and beyond fascination one could potentially engage subtle layered dialogues from wealth and status to local and history. The new works have a bit more gristle and grit. They again borrow from the Obscura technique, but now with a more rugged approach- Morell created a "Tent Camera Obscura." A lightproof tent allows Morell to take his work on the road. Further inovation and use of a perioscope allowed Morell to cast the reflected image downward onto the ground. Images that result from this process overlap vista and vantage point in a litteral way. The process is simple, clean, thoughtful- one could argue it engages layers of image-making history that stretch as far back as the technology of the camera obscura to tropes that relate to impressionistic painting or even cubism. There is an intelligence to the work, but it is not overbearing. It is the purity of the process that is so delightful. We see clearly and we see in layers. Our eye finds distance first then pulls back into the details- the grounding layer that interrupts the picturesque views. It is the grassy earth in the Golden Gate Bridge From Battery Yates; the gravel of the rooftop in a view of Midtown Manhattan Looking East; the sand and seaweed in a seascape of Acadia National Park that pull us from the distance and to the reflecting plane. They spacial play is engaging, rewarding, and simply beautiful.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Bonni Benrubi Gallery

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