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Los Angeles

Long Beach Playhouse Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Ghetto Birds and Suburban Dreams
Curated by: Michael Stearns
5021 E. Anaheim Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90804


April 21st, 2011 - June 5th, 2011
Opening: 
April 21st, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Untitled (ghetto bird), Jennifer CelioJennifer Celio, Untitled (ghetto bird),
2011, graphite pencil on paper, 10 x 7"
© Jennifer Celio
Untitled (nest), Jennifer CelioJennifer Celio, Untitled (nest),
2011, graphite pencil on paper, 10 x 7"
© Jennifer Celio
Untitled (fight), Jennifer CelioJennifer Celio, Untitled (fight),
2011, graphite pencil on paper, 7 x 10"
© Jennifer Celio
There is something in the air, Jennifer CelioJennifer Celio, There is something in the air,
2010, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 42"
© Jennifer Celio
Untitled (firestorm), Jennifer CelioJennifer Celio, Untitled (firestorm),
2010, graphite pencil on paper, 12 x 9"
© Jennifer Celio
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TAGS:  
landscape, suburban realism, urban
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Jennifer Celio’s delicately rendered graphite landscapes manipulate perception, creating fantastical iterations in which artificial and natural imagery fuse to become newly impossible sites.  Working in graphite pencil on a variety of paper types, she creates obsessively detailed renderings of scenes inspired by the urban environment. With earlier works, Celio’s drawings were directly translated from her photographs of urban settings such as a street corner or the façade of a tract house. Although photography still acts as a starting point, Celio’s more recent drawings have evolved from the literal to the unbelievable, now amalgamating selected elements from her collection of images and integrating them to make a single drawing. Hinting at the contemporary threat of environmental degradation, Celio’s dense drawings depict seemingly mundane spaces that have been artificially altered or supercharged. The artificiality of our natural environment as well as our quest for it are questioned.


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