Dina Mitrani Gallery is proud to present Peggy Levison Nolan: (Thanks, But I’m) Just Looking opening with a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 6 – 9pm. This is Nolan’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and will be on view through April 23, 2011.
Continuing her search for beauty and poetry in life’s ordinariness, Nolan exhibits various photographic formats illustrating her almost obsessive act of observing what is around her on a daily basis. She explores the concept of narrative in her series of photographs of the amaryllis flowers that grow in her backyard. This series, approximately thirty 8 x 8 inch prints, depicts her investigative way of looking, studying the everyday phenomenon of nature’s life cycles. Another way the artist is probing her process is by experimenting with the panoramic format. With these rectangular images, she is able to obtain more information within the camera’s frame, capturing more life and its details. In this exhibition, we see new formats alongside her signature square format photographs, but Nolan is still capturing everyday people, places and things in a manner that makes them worthy of our special attention.
Nolan's work is included in collections such as the MOMA in New York, the San Francisco MOMA and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Her work was most recently exhibited at the Miami Art Museum, and has just been acquired by the Harn Museum at the University of Florida. She participated in By and About Women, a portfolio of 10 photographs that included notable women photographers such as Helen Levitt, Carrie May Weems and Mary Ellen Mark. Nolan has received numerous grants and awards including the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship and has been teaching photography at Florida International University for over 10 years.