Saturday, March 5, 2011

Opening Reception: Michael Eastman & Maria Luisa Morando

Please join dnj Gallery on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 4-6pm for the opening reception of Michael Eastman's Plexagraphs and Maria Luisa Morando's Silver exhibitions.

March 26, - May 28, 2011

Michael Eastman_GW #2_30x30
Michael Eastman, GW #2,
plexagraph, 30" x 30"

Maria Luisa Morando_Silver V
Maria Luisa Morando, Silver V,
c-print, 20" x 20"

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of the newest work by the artist Michael Eastman, entitled “Plexagraphs.” In Gallery II, we present the artist Maria Luisa Morando with her current series, “Silver.”

Michael Eastman’s prior work featured photographs of richly colored American landscapes and captivating architectural settings. In this new series, he focuses on much smaller objects, windows and building design elements. As before, Eastman portrays a nostalgic elegance. But the artwork is as much about the presentation of the photograph, as the photograph itself. Eastman has developed a new process (patent pending), in which he prints two nearly identical shots on different pieces of Plexiglass. The result is a layered, sculptural photograph. As he states, “I have worked with all kind of mediums and surfaces and techniques that seemed to mostly artify the surface of the image but left the image still only representational. After years of exploration, I discovered a new medium that enabled me to create abstractions and print them so they now were my photographs of my paintings.”

This is Michael Eastman’s second solo show with dnj Gallery. He has exhibited across the country and his work is included in several esteemed institutions, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography, The High Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Maria Luisa Morando continues her comments on the ocean and the landscape of the coast. Like memories, her images are both familiar and elusive. Morando’s intentionally overexposed images erase the distracting details in the landscape and provide a moment or time without limit. Her scenes offer a true sense of space. As the art critic Michael Buitrón writes, “Because of the lack of sharp detail, it becomes impossible to explore the images for their specificity, and instead they open up and play to any seaside memory the viewer cares to pour into them.”

Maria Luisa Morando is collected privately throughout England, France and Italy and recently sold two photographs at the Foundation For Woman Artists in London England. She has exhibited across the United States, with an emphasis in Southern California.

Please contact the gallery for more information or images.

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