Works of Elise Dodeles

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An accident of birth created Leni Riefenstahl, 2011 Oil On Canvas 30 X 40 Inches © Elise Dodeles
Works of Elise Dodeles

1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
January 13th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012
Opening: January 13th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

United States


The opening exhibition of the Art Gallery’s 2012 calendar

features a solo exhibition by Elise Dodeles, a local artist

and painter and the winner of the Center’s 2011 Juried Art

Competition and Exhibition. Her works were selected by

Zoe Strauss, renowned artist and guest juror of the annual

competition, which takes place every summer at the


For this exhibition, Dodeles has focused her attention

on the subjectivity often ignored in the “objective”

medium of photography. Dodeles transforms images

found in online archives, books, and family photos into

expressionistic meditations on race, sex, gender, and

power. By combining disparate imagery, startling colors,

and intuitively conceived compositions, the artist’s

paintings allow the photographed subjects to become

visceral, emotionally charged beings. Through these

latest artworks, which fuse her careers as artist and

librarian, Dodeles is animating her desire to see, and have

others recognize, the ‘other’, who is often unseen in the

mainstream and official organs of historical discourse.

The artist’s official entry into the art world took place in

1992 when her work was included in the “Part Fantasy”

exhibits organized by Nicola Tyson. These exhibitions,

whose works were shown internationally soon after

the NEA was being criticized for its support of “Robert

Mapplethorpe: the Perfect Moment” forged an important

direction in Dodeles’s art. Her desire to depict ignored and

controversial subjects still plays a vital role in her work


The artist’s early drawings have been published in Sinister

Wisdom, Common Lives Lesbian Lives, and Harmony

Hammond’s Lesbian Art in America. Her paintings have

been exhibited at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art,

in Newark, NJ as part of the Aljira National Five; she has

had solo exhibitions at the Central Pennsylvania African

American Museum, Reading, PA, and Johnson & Johnson

World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ. Her work has

been included in group shows at Flowers Gallery in New

York, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco and Center on

Contemporary Art, Seattle.

Elise Dodeles’s work will be on view from January 13th

through March 3rd, with the opening reception on Friday,

January 13th, from 6 to 8 pm.