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Craig Krull Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Tincture of Time
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404

February 28th, 2009 - April 4th, 2009
February 28th, 2009 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Plays The Thing, Stephen AldrichStephen Aldrich, The Plays The Thing,
2008 , Collage, 25X35
© Craig Krull Gallery
santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30

A pivotal moment in Stephen Aldrich’s artistic career occurred in 1968 when he met the influential photographer, Frederick Sommer. A musician and art student at Prescott College in Arizona, Aldrich was soon enlisted by Sommer to interpret his innovative, abstract musical scores, thus beginning a long relationship of mentoring and collaboration. In the last decade of Sommer’s life, Aldrich worked with him on an extraordinary group of collages, while at the same time, developing his own unique approach to the medium. Working with fine 19th century engravings as his source material, Aldrich cuts and pastes imagery with mind-boggling precision and complexity. There is an obsessive quality to the work in its dense overlappings, rhythms, repetitions and patterns that may, in part, be attributable to his background in music. The New York Times recently commented that Aldrich has “cleverly pasted” fragments into “wild collages of people, incidents and machinery to give an amusingly sardonic take on the Victorian Age.”

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