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February 2nd - February 26th...Coming back to Frank Pictures Gal lery by popular demand: Elisabeth Sunday's Anima Animus! March 13 - 31

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Elisabeth Sunday has been photographing indi genous people across the African continent for the last 26 years. Using a f lexible mirror she created for the purpose (and hand carries unaccompanied to some of the most remote and dangerous spots on earth)\, Sunday has creat ed her own analog process that prefigured Photoshop that she calls "Mirror Photography". Her method of photographing her subjects emphasizes and enhan ces their grace\, elongating the body and the folds of their garments\, cre ating an impressionistic effect one might be used to seeing in painting but which is unexpected in a medium from which we often expect a more literal representation. The effect is closer to that of dance\, in which the body h as reshaped itself and learned to move in a way that proclaims and exaggera tes all its best qualities\, while momentarily silencing its flaws\, and in which movement itself has an aesthetic\, rather than merely practical\, pu rpose. Typically Sunday captures an elongated vertical reflection\, rushing and bleeding like a single expressive brush stroke. Although Sunday hersel f is never visible in the frame\, she is as much actor as she is director w ithin the drama of these photographs\, as she strives to represent not so m uch the personal characteristics of her subjects\, but an essential gesture that connects a given incarnation with the long history of the soul. In he r Anima and Animus series\, Sunday mediates on eternal masculine and femini ne energies\, using warlike Koro men and nomadic Tuareg women as subjects. The Anima women are hidden under flowing garments\, slanting to left or rig ht or reaching upward like dark flames against the steady white curve of a dune. The Animus figures rise like tough young trees or spears\, rooted som ewhere beneath the picture plane. Grace and violence here seem cast togethe r in a solid block\, As with so many of Elisabeth Sunday's figures\, these seem composed of stone or bone more than living flesh.

Elisabeth Sunday has shown in galleries and Museums the world over including the Cleveland Museum of Art\, Centre cultu ral Calouste Gulbenkian\, Paris\, France\, the African American Museum\, Lo s Angeles\; International Photography Biennial\, Brecsia\, Italy\, UC Berke ley Art Museum\; Salle d' Exposition\, Arles\, France\, Le Maison de la Pho tographie\, Aosta\, Italy\, Exploratorium Museum\, San Francisco\, CA Smith sonian Anakostia Museum\, Center for African American History and Culture\, Washington D.C. The Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\, and The Los Angeles Co unty Museum of Art. Her work is included in major collections: The Corcoran Art Gallery\, The University Art Museum at Berkeley\, The Cantor Art Cente r at Stanford University\, The Los Angeles Museum of Art\, The Museum of Fi ne Art-Houston\, Le Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris\, France\, The San Fran cisco Museum of Art\, and The Eastman Kodak Collection. Her private collect ors include Graham Nash\, Quincy Jones\, Gloria Steinem\, Linda Grey\, Bill Cosby\, Bonnie Raitt and Alice Walker.

DTEND:20130331 DTSTAMP:20140822T221419 DTSTART:20130313 GEO:34.0276049;-118.4678444 LOCATION:Frank Pictures Gallery\,2525 Michigan Ave. A5 \nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Anima & Animus\, Elisabeth Sunday UID:256445 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130202T200000 DTSTAMP:20140822T221419 DTSTART:20130202T170000 GEO:34.0276049;-118.4678444 LOCATION:Frank Pictures Gallery\,2525 Michigan Ave. A5 \nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Anima & Animus\, Elisabeth Sunday UID:257332 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR