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Dana Harel

Dana-harel_eagle_lg We are all animals: Dana Harel at Frey Norris  
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Dana Harel at Gallery Wendi Norris April 2nd, 2009 - May 3rd, 2009
Posted 4/7/09

(Author's note: This is an excerpt of a longer post on my blog, Arteaser)   For my last stop of the night, I went to Frey Norris Gallery, which was featuring Dana Harel's series, "Kin": For someone who has seen images of this series, it was great to see the life-size scale to which Ms. Harel draws her hand animals (below): What these pictures do not capture well is the fine detail of subtle textural mutations to the subject hand's skin, which are at once anatomically correct for the implied animal and incorrect for the human model: The show is up until May 3 in the downstairs... [more]

Picture_002_detail_lo-res Metamorphosis   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Dana Harel at Gallery Wendi Norris April 2nd, 2009 - May 3rd, 2009
Posted 4/5/09

Dana Harel’s new graphite works on paper ask what kinship lies between man and other animals through a series of silvery black images that wrestle out the meaning to the riddle. Her drawings of hands poised in stages of metamorphosis are infused with a gorgeous, naked violence that reminds one of the feral necessity of being human, to use the hand to procure one’s food and substance. Yet the detail in which she demonstrates the difference between say thumb and claw reveals a certain vulnerability to our... [more]

Dana-harel_eagle_lg Preview: An Arteaser Introduction to Dana Harel  
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Dana Harel at Gallery Wendi Norris April 2nd, 2009 - May 3rd, 2009
Posted 3/17/09

Born in Tel Aviv, Dana Harel observed her father and grandparents paint in their leisure time. Pursuing art only as a hobby, her family members had developed meticulous technique, but did not attempt new content, which shaped her early experiences with art: "I took some art classes, but I was never pushed to think for myself. It was kind of about learning techniques or painting or looking at other art or landscapes and painting what you see" The practically-minded Harel studied architecture at... [more]

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