"Ballet Vacate: A Dancer In Distress"

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"Ballet Vacate", 2008 Digital Photo 40x40 © Brooke Shaden
"Ballet Vacate: A Dancer In Distress"
Curated by: Joe Flazh!

1113 S. Pacific Ave., Suite B
San Pedro, CA 90731
January 25th, 2010 - March 6th, 2010
Opening: January 25th, 2010 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

long beach
(310) 833-3633
Tuesdays - Saturdays - 1 pm to 6 pm
photography, digital, conceptual, surrealism, figurative, modern

Flazh!Alley Art Studio is pleased to introduce Los Angeles fine art photographer and filmmaker Brooke Shaden in her first solo exhibition, "Ballet Vacate; A Dancer In Distress."
A magna cum laude graduate of Temple University in film and English, Ms. Shaden moved to California and began her career as a photographer. Ms. Shaden views her photographs as attempts to create a world "I wish we lived in."
By freezing a moment Shaden aims at a perfect enduring construct, a small universe of meaning. In "Ballet Vacate" Shaden depicts the dancer attempting grace. "The ballerinas dance, frozen in time, utterly lost in the movement and forgetful of the ending of the ballet." Her images remind us of Yeats' question "Who can tell the dancer from the dance?" and of Keats' "waking dream," real yet surreal.
"Ballet Vacate" explores the different ways in which we view ballerinas, which is interchangeable with how we view women. A ballerina is the stereotype of a perfect woman, both in stature and grace, always performing.
Brooke Shaden: a new, poetic fine art photographer has just been added to an international list of the 30 most influential female photographers under 30.
The only public receptions will be on San Pedro's 1st Thursdays Art Walk Nights, February 4 and March 4, 2010 from 7-11 PM ADULTS ONLY (18 and over) "Ballet Vacate" can also be seen by appointment.
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