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Book signing: Kelli Connell at Kopeikin Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Kelli Connell
Double Life

Exhibition Dates: February 25 - April 14, 2012

Book Signing with Kelli Connell
February 23
5:30 - 7:00 pm

"Perhaps this work is trying to figure out why we rely on categories and labels the way we do" - Kelli Connell

Through duplicity Kelli Connell explores questions of identity, lifestyle options, belief systems, and social constructions. Connell uses scans from several negatives to digitally weave multiple moments together into something that is believable. No different than any other object of truth, the moments may not have occurred exactly but refer to and borrow from personal experience, moments witnessed, or narratives watched on television. They could have happened and in a wider frame somewhere, probably have. It is what is behind the moments depicted that is most important.

Double Lifeasks viewers to question how our self constructed identity is shaped by sexuality and gender roles; how do these constructions affect our intimate relationships. Sensitive topics for some are handled in a way that diffuses friction; the act of using the self to explore personal "rules" encourages viewers to meditate on the process of inner struggle and outward choice. Moments are often intimate, quiet, reflexive, adoring. Feeling more awareness of our own inner selves we leave the work enlightened and with the hope not to merge, but to draw the best qualities from our own inner duplicities and to hope for all to do the same.

Dual exhibition also features the work of J. Bennett Fitts'
8 Dead Palm Trees

For more information on the exhibition please visit Kopeikin Gallery

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