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
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