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Reception with the Artist: Kelli Connell at Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 28, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: July 28, 2011

Kelli Connell: Double Life
September 9 - October 29, 2011

Opening Reception with the artist:
Friday, September 9, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Artist Talk and Book Signing:
Saturday, September 10 at noon.

Kelli Connell, Carnival, 2006, Courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery
The duplicity of the self is exposed in the work of Kelli Connell. In her series, Double Life, she recreates scenes she has experienced or witnessed but uses the same model. In each work the sense of two personalities is striking and convincing. Slight variations in gesture, clothing, pose, poise reveal much about internal struggles that play out. The stage set, the curtain on how our external self negotiates the world begins to raise.

Connell's constructed realities do engage intimate relationships, identity and lifestyle choices. 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 think more freely but directly 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.

Copies of Kelli Connell's book, Double Life, available at the gallery for signing.

For more information on the artist and the exhibition please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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