Saturday, April 21, 2012

New Show Opening Tonight from 6-8pm!

Come see our two newest shows featuring artist Annie Seaton in Gallery I with "Slick," and Cynthia Greig in Gallery II with "Nature Morte."

The surf's always up for the figures in Seaton's "Slick." Armed with her camera, Seaton

becomes a "surf voyeur," capturing the variety of surf culture, from surf gangs to multigenerational surf families. In "Slick" she again combines photography with painterly ink

washes to evoke the pure joy she associates with time spent at the beach. By focusing

on such positive emotions, however, Seaton is also responding to life’s difficulties and

constraints. Seaton says, “life comes in waves and all its crests and troughs;

sometimes pounding and ominous and sometimes gentle and heartening.”

Trained as a painter, Seaton has incorporated photographs into her work since 2008.

She has exhibited her work throughout the West Coast and Canada for the past

decade. Most recently, her work was included in the Carnegie Art Museum’s 2011

group exhibition, “Splash!” This is Seaton's second solo show at dnj Gallery.

In Gallery II, dnj Gallery will be exhibiting Greig’s work, in which she revisits her unique

method of photographing a three dimensional object while giving it the appearance of a

two dimensional line drawing. Greig uses ordinary house paint to whitewash objects.

After drawing crude outlines on these objects, she photographs them in still life

arrangements. By confusing two distinct means of representation–photography and

drawing–Greig explores the boundaries of photography and questions how we form our

beliefs about what is real or true. As Greig states, “’Nature Morte’ revisits the tradition

of still life to further explore the illusory and documentary nature of the photograph in

relation to the vanitas themes of death, decay, and ephemerality.”

Greig’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the country as well as

internationally. In 2011, the Oakland University Art Gallery in Rochester, Michigan, held

an exhibition of her work entitled, “Cynthia Greig: Subverting the (un)Conventional.”

Her photographs are included in the collections of the George Eastman House,

Rochester, NY, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Museum of

Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL. “Nature Morte” is Greig’s second solo

exhibition at dnj Gallery. Greig lives and works in Detroit.

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