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Artists' Reception: Anthony Lepore at M+B Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 02, 2014

DATE: May 11, 2011

 

New Wilderness

Exhibition Dates: May 21 - June 18, 2011
Reception with the artist: May 21
6:00 - 9:00 pm


Image
Anthony Lepore, Night Birds, 2009, Archival Pigment
Print, Courtesy of M+B, Los Angeles
 
Image
Anthony Lepore, Salt Carpet, 2010, Archival
Pigment Print, Courtesy of M+B, Los Angeles
 
Image
Anthony Lepore, Canopy, 2010, Archival Pigment
Print, Courtesy of M+B, Los Angeles
 
Image
 Anthony Lepore, Cooler, 2009, Archival Pigment Print,
Courtesy of M+B, Los Angeles
 
New Wilderness features color prints by the thought provoking artist, Anthony Lepore. Taken at visitor center's at the edge of the wilderness the images examine nature as a human construct. How has the hand of man intervened and invented the concept of nature? We find ourselves contemplating how the image itself has become the vehicle for our most frequent engagement with nature and the natural world. Humor enters as Lopore undoes the underpinnings of this now typical human encounter with nature by photographing and revealing the diorama for what it is- a representation of nature as seen by man.

Night birds captures two small birds in flight against a sheer rockfase, but in the evening sky overhead we see a bare bulb and smoke detector. In Cooler we see a pristine expanse of mountain range and a pine tree lined mirrored lake, but the secret too is exposed by white wheels at the image base and an electrical outlet. Other works juxtapose the natural against the man-made; Mud Flat and Salt Carpet are so tactile that we feel they must be collage, but the artist works only within the parameters of the 4x5 camera, so again truth of the natural and the construct is muddled cleverly.

For more on the exhibition visit M+B Gallery


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