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Epsten Gallery Presents 'Phenomena: The Material Image'

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The Epsten Gallery announces the opening of "Phenomena: The Material Image," a group exhibition featuring artists who utilize traditional and digital photography to reveal various ways of perceiving and achieving abstraction within the broad spectrum of contemporary art. The exhibit will feature artists Timothy Amundson, Jon Scott Anderson, Dan Frueh, Michael Pointer, Paul Anthony Smith, Kati Toivanen, Raïssa Venables, and Mary Wessel.   

"Phenomena" showcases hybrid works commingling realism and abstraction connoting multifaceted interpretations of image and visual language. Through digital media, unconventional applications of traditional photo-processing techniques, and physical and conceptual manipulations of imagery and objects, the artists cross boundaries between reality and fiction.  Altered landscapes, constructed environments, de-contextualized imagery and evocative abstractions correlate within a show challenging ways of seeing and understanding our world.  

Raïssa Venables, Green House, 2014 Archival Pigment Print Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin

Evolving notions of abstraction, artifice and the “real” are themes alongside the expansive use of and pliability of photography as an art form. The ability to alter and invent multiple “realities” presents a palpable shift indicative of our increasingly multi-dimensional life experience in modes that are simultaneously actual, virtual and conceptual.   

"Phenomena: The Material Image"

Nov. 16 - Jan. 11

Public Opening Reception:
Sunday, Nov. 16, 1-4 p.m.
Gallery Talk with artists:  2-3 p.m.