Monologue of the lens

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Monologue of the lens , 2011 Giclee On Aquarelle Rag Paper 25"25" © @iwonaBiedermannPhotography.2012
Monologue of the lens
Curated by: Iwona Biedermann

2415 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
August 17th, 2012 - August 31st, 2012
Opening: August 17th, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

North Side
773 292 0419
Hours during exhibition: Saturday, 1-5pm and by appointment


This most recent, sensuous cycle of images by Iwona Biedermann depicts a self-contained, silent universe of forms carried literally on the back of the snail shells attached to the equally remote vibrantly textured stones.

The photographs are so closely link to time and  it captures time on two different planes. The expensive surfaces of stone are directly related to the petrified snail dwellings. The chemistry between them is apparent.  Although their distinctive motion seems to sing silence in unison they are not parallel but rather fused by time unfolding in a very different speed – organic and mineral – which takes place in the realms where time matters and is equally important, but represents distinctive gravity and sense of urgency.

The fine line between anonymity of the snail and stone, the very point where they merge is cool and withdrawn, yet it does simultaneously radiate with charisma and pure presence. The juxtaposition of inaccessible landscape of stone and linear, ornamental loneliness of the snail shell creates a unique aesthetic moment, which seems to be justified by the single unifying purpose – a selfless impulse that takes them both toward an inextinguishable hunger for Beauty.

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