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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 1999
THE MASTERWORKS SERIES OPENS AT THE APEX GALLERY OCTOBER 8, 1999
An exhibition by Linda Talbott and Carl Basner entitled The Masterworks Series opens at the Apex Gallery on October 8 and will be on view until November 15, 1999.
These large scale painted photographs give the tradition of tromp l’oeil ( fool the eye) painting a whole new twist. Talbott transforms herself into a human canvas, and with theatrical make- up paints herself to look like famous works of art. Her husband, Carl Basner photographs the body paintings and these paintings are printed larger than life size. Talobtt then creates frames which echo the elements of the original painting. Talbott selects works which have had a significant impact on her artistic development, such as Monet���s “ Waterlilies” and Picasso’s “ Guernica”.
She has stated about her process: “ In choosing to recreate these works on my face, I am presenting them in a new context, reactivating their original intent by layering the significance and message of the work in contemporary terms, and as a contemporary woman artist. Serious, fun, sensual, decorative, confusing, contemplative . . . many layers of vision and interpretation.”
Talbott presents multiple layers to be seen and considered simultaneously, including such distinct components as: the faces, the paintings, the photographs and the frames. Humor, confusion, double entendre, and whimsy are all present providing for numerous interpretations of the work.
The Apex Gallery is located in the Classroom Building on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) campus. For more information about the exhibit, call the Apex Gallery at 394- 2481.
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