1/24/2010 - GRAFFEO'S VIVID IMAGERY BREATHTAKING, The Birmingham News

 

GRAFFEO'S VIVID IMAGERY BREATHTAKING

Source: Birmingham News
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Edition: Volume 122 Issue 317, Section: PLAY, Page 07-G

NEW WORK BY KAREN GRAFFEO
. Jennifer Hunt Gallery. Through Feb. 13.

This exhibition is held together by a long, unpunctuated series of words that result in one of the longest sentences extant. It begins at the entrance of the gallery and runs seamlessly around the entire room like verbal wainscoting trim. It is an elegiac, provocative, pensive string of words that contribute to the atmospheric qualities of the exhibit.

Karen Graffeo's photographs are stunning images that appear and disappear, shift and flow, offering views of nature in a unique way that is breathtaking and profoundly serene. Her technique involves lenticular photography. This process requires a series of steps using transparent overlay surfaces that result in an image that seems to be fluid. This exquisite, transformative imagery shifts and changes as the viewer moves forward and backward or to the sides of the image.

To try and describe these photographs is like trying to grasp a fish in water. The subject matter is clear but nebulous, vivid yet softly fluctuating. Graffeo transforms a method into a singular visual experience.

Included in this show is a grouping of small, square clear-glass pillars with embedded frosted images of male and female nudes. Lit from below on a special table they become jewel-like ornaments, game pieces to be admired like Rococo baubles.

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