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From: Tammy S.
Sent on: Friday, September 11, 2009 11:09 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Twin Cities Night Life Meetup Group!


When: September 18,[masked]:00 PM

Gallery 13
811 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Gallery13 Press Release:
811 LaSalle: Street level ?Highland Bank Court Building ?
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone[masked] [address removed]
Polly Norman
'Eye Smack'
?Photographic abstraction through the looking glass.?

?My pieces have an edgeless look, like they could go on and on. ?.. I believe primitive forms stimulate the subconscious ?? Polly Norman 2009

Artist Reception: Friday Sept. 18,[masked]PM
Exhibition September 8 - October 9, 2009.

??Polly Norman makes photographic works that invoke the early work of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray, who experimented with photographic processes at the inception of modern photography using a direct-image -to-print process called photograms. Polly Norman?s work is a reflection of this history through her layering of image, use of light, and the dark room process. She is a tinkerer and experimentor who translates real time installations/still life into photographic the image, employing the optical nature of glass, found objects, dark room printing techniques including manipulation of the silver gelatin print . She uses materials and light to their fullest capacity in the printing and finishing of her black and white abstracts. Normans' work is a combination of surrealistic landscape and painterly abstract. She strategically places pieces of translucent materials on the surface of the photographic paper, in combination with negative, at the moment of exposure. This is primary to the layering of Normans photo print, photogram, blend . Translucent color, in the form of photo oils and oil pencil, are added to selected works, which acts as a ?filter? where color is applied, deepening the optical field of her abstractions. Polly Normans work can be described as surreal, optical, fluid, obtuse, impressionist, and transcendent, however, description does not alter, in any way, the stroke of genius the artist exhibits in her convergence of photographic history, technology, process, and style.

Stephen Sugarman, Gallery13, 2009.

Artist Reception: Friday Sept. 18,[masked]PM
Exhibition Dates : September 8 October 9, 2009.
?My new paintings represent a transition from the Buddhist and Asian influence to the more amorphous shapes from the circus and stuffed toys. The use of rabbits comes from the fact that they are part of my life as artist living in the woods. Rabbits are kind of like God, I never really see them, but know they are always about. The playfulness in my painting style is sometimes contrasted by an aggressive handling of the paint; I can?t seem to shake my love for DeKooning and Gorky. The human conditions of pain, joy, nostalgia, lust, are there, as in life. I try to keep reinventing the work. The only formula is not to have a formula.?

Greg Green 2009

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