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Gallery 478

Exhibition Detail
American Triptych
Curated by: RAY CAROFANO
478 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

June 7th, 2009 - August 28th, 2009
June 7th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
6th Street Bridge, Ann MitchellAnn Mitchell, 6th Street Bridge
© ©2006ann mitchell
Cabazon, Ann MitchellAnn Mitchell, Cabazon
© ©2005 ann mitchell
Carpinteria, Ann MitchellAnn Mitchell, Carpinteria
© ©2008 ann mitchell
McFarland, Ann MitchellAnn Mitchell, McFarland
© ©2008 ann mitchell
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urban, landscape, panoramic, photography

In the wake of the Val Verde project, Mitchell made a break from the singular, documentary portraits of interiors and hit the road. American Triptych feels like the road less-traveled. Formatted as triptychs, each work documents a stop along the byways of Southern and Central California with panoramic expansiveness. Mating three frames without matching creates a near-cinematic sequencing and yields unanticipated rewards: sci-fi, abandoned and absurdist dinosaurs in Cabazon, Monet-like water lilies in Echo Park, stark geometries of the California Aqueduct, and a spare Hopperesque streetscape in McFarland. Devoid of human presence, seemingly frozen in time, these contemplative images echo silence - one can almost hear the sound of the shutter.

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