Patrice Elmi Visual Urban Abstracts: Views From A Cell
Reception for the Artist Saturday, April 21, 2007, 7-10 pm
Show runs through May 19, 2007
CONTACT: Lee Joseph Publicity
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Thousands of people walk the city sidewalks and alleys of Los Angeles on a daily basis. Hurriedly, they race to work, to the bus stop, to the theatre, to shop... and it’s real possible along the way they are missing a world of astounding beauty, complexity and dimension. The eye and lens of Patrice Elmi has caught and transformed the ordinary reality around us into an extraordinary journey of color, shape, composition and texture...an exciting, visual odyssey through urban streets as if seen for the first time.
Using only pure, glowing color from either early morning or late afternoon sunlight and her cell phone camera, Patrice creates images that marry art and photography into a unique and vibrant form. Untouched by computer or digital enhancing, her images are alive with color, flowing with shapes and stalked by shadows. Her eye allows the viewer to "stop and smell the roses" in a world which is frequently in too much of a hurry to notice the astonishing potential to be found in the everyday universe in which they exist.
The 100 photographs on display are 6 inch square digital C-prints which are fused/mounted on aluminum sheets and laminated. The metal on which these photographs are fused actually integrates and becomes part of the piece itself.
Patrice Elmi trained at both NYC's School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. Graphic designers internationally have used her images in various media and her work can be found in private collections. This is her first solo show.
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